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Photo of the Day : Underwater

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Picture of a school of fish underwater near Cocos Island

Red Fish, Blue Fish

Photo of the Day, September 14, 2014

While traveling in Central America, Your Shot member Tracey Jennings dove in the waters off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island ...

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Picture of blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers underwater in the southern Line Islands

Pooled Together

Photo of the Day, September 3, 2014

Blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers (foreground)—ever watchful for a potential meal—throng a shallow passage into the ...

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Picture of a green iguana swimming in a cave

Tip of the Iguana

Photo of the Day, August 30, 2014

Not quite as threatening as some sea monsters, a spiny-backed iguana floats by photographer Lorenzo Mittiga in the Bonaire Caves ...

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Picture of Achilles tang fish swimming in the waters of the southern Line Islands

Achilles Tang

Photo of the Day, August 20, 2014

In other places around the world, coral has been decimated by bleaching and disease, but the southern Line Islands’ reefs ...

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Picture of a crocodile underwater near Banco Chinchorro, Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea

Croc Tail

Photo of the Day, August 13, 2014

"I met this crocodile face-to-face underwater," writes Your Shot member Mike Korostelev. "There was only my underwater camera between it ...

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Picture of sea lions underwater in the Galapagos Islands

Close Encounter

Photo of the Day, August 7, 2014

While diving in the Galápagos Islands, Sandro Lonardi took a break between dives to snorkel with sea lions. "At first ...

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Picture of a school of mobula rays

50 Shades of Ray

Photo of the Day, July 5, 2014

A large school of mobula rays fades into the waters of Baja, Mexico. “The rays were moving quite fast and ...

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Picture of a young goliath grouper swimming in the mangroves of the Florida Keys

Growing Grouper

Photo of the Day, June 26, 2014

This ten-inch-long juvenile goliath grouper in the Florida Keys may spend five years among mangroves, relatively safe from predators, before ...

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Picture of a sea turtle swimming near a school of fish, Vitu Islands

Dive Sight

Photo of the Day, June 9, 2014

"I was diving off a live-aboard dive boat named Febrina in the Vitu Islands in West New Britain, Papua New ...

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Picture of a diver in Green Lake, Tragöss, Austria

Underwater Park

Photo of the Day, May 31, 2014

Every spring, melting snow creates a dreamscape in Tragöss, Austria. Green Lake, which for most of the year is no ...

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Picture of a blacktip shark in the Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

Blacktip Close-Up

Photo of the Day, May 28, 2014

"This blacktip shark was shot in the evening in Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles," writes Imran Ahmad, a member of our Your ...

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Picture of a porcelain crab hiding in an anemone, Philippines

Crabby Boarder

Photo of the Day, May 12, 2014

A porcelain crab peers out from a sea anemone in this picture by Your Shot member Thomas Bannenberg, who captured ...

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Picture of two Atlantic wolffish in their den, Bonne Bay

Wolffish Den

Photo of the Day, May 2, 2014

In this picture originally published in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a pair of Atlantic wolffish—named ...

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Picture of a lion’s mane jellyfish in Bonne Bay, St. Lawrence Gulf

Bonne Bay Drift

Photo of the Day, April 21, 2014

A lion’s mane jellyfish drifts in Bonne Bay in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The species can grow to ...

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Picture of a baby harp sea in the Madeleine Islands

Ice Baby

Photo of the Day, April 17, 2014

Born on the ice, a harp seal pup peers underwater near Quebec’s Madeleine Islands. The islands are among the ...

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Picture of dolphins in the Bahamas

Surfacing

Photo of the Day, April 3, 2014

"I was in Bimini in the Bahamas shooting hammerhead sharks, and after a few weeks I decided to take a ...

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Picture of a diver in waters off Ile Europa, Africa

Île Europa, Africa

Photo of the Day, March 29, 2014

Few divers ever explore the reefs around the Île Europa atoll, which lies in a stretch of the Mozambique Channel ...

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Picture of Galapagos sharks in the Indian Ocean

Atoll Tale

Photo of the Day, March 22, 2014

Young Galápagos sharks—found around tropical oceanic reefs worldwide—nose the camera in the lagoon of the Bassas da India ...

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Picture of a hammerhead shark swimming among a school of fish, Galapagos Islands

Lone Shark

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2014

Your Shot member Denis Nezhentsev captured this underwater scene, a recent Daily Dozen selection, during a dive safari near Wolf ...

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Picture of a bluefin tuna feeding on a fish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Pursued

Photo of the Day, March 3, 2014

A voracious predator, the bluefin tuna feeds mainly on small fish, crustaceans, and squid. But it too is pursued relentlessly ...

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Picture of bluefin tuna in an undersea pen

Penned In

Photo of the Day, February 17, 2014

The fast and powerful bluefin tuna is among the most overfished species on Earth. Here, bluefin in an undersea pen ...

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Picture of an anemonefish inside an anemone, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

A Mutual Benefit

Photo of the Day, February 5, 2014

An anemone and its tenant, a pink anemonefish, look out for each other in the waters of Papua New Guinea ...

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Picture of a crabeater seal swimming off Antarctica

Seal of Disapproval

Photo of the Day, February 2, 2014

"Crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophagus) are one of the most curious animals [I've been] fortunate to work with," writes Mariusz ...

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Picture of an Atlantic walrus in the waters off Greenland

Walrus Interrupted

Photo of the Day, January 24, 2014

Atlantic walruses swim amid ice floes off the coast of Greenland.

See more pictures from the December 2013 feature story ...

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Picture of a sea star in the waters of Mozambique

Starry Sight

Photo of the Day, January 14, 2014

Close-up of a sea star at Pomene Estuary, Mozambique

Looking at this underwater gem, I feel as if I could ...

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Picture of feather star crinoids in Kimbe Bay

Kimbe Bay's Movable Feast

Photo of the Day, January 2, 2014

Animals that look like plants, feather star crinoids sweep plankton from the waters of Kimbe Bay on the coast of ...

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Picture of a sea lion in the Sea of Cortez

Shy Sea Lion

Photo of the Day, December 26, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez ...

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Picture of a free diver off the coast of Athens

Free Diver, Greece

Photo of the Day, November 7, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

Free diver in a state of absolute serenity during a training ...

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Picture of a snorkeler in the Las Calaveras cenote in Mexico

Snorkeler, Mexico

Photo of the Day, October 31, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A snorkeling tourist floats in a cenote called Las ...

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Picture of a threespot damselfish swimming in Kimbe Bay

Threespot Damselfish, Papua New Guinea

Photo of the Day, October 28, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A threespot damselfish swims near a trio of pink ...

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Picture of razorfish swimming for cover among the branches of a sea fan

Razorfish, Kimbe Bay

Photo of the Day, October 18, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Sharp bellied and nearly flat, razorfish swim in perfect ...

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Picture of dolphins swimming near the surface of the Red Sea

Dolphins, Red Sea

Photo of the Day, September 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

"Wild dolphins normally go hunting in deeper waters ...

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Picture of a porcelain crab and an anemone

Porcelain Crab

Photo of the Day, July 16, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A red-spotted porcelain crab clings to an anemone in this underwater ...

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Picture of a researcher with a reef manta ray off Bali

Reef Manta Ray, Bali

Photo of the Day, July 14, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A reef manta ray dwarfs a researcher in the waters off ...

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Picture of manatees in Florida

Manatees, Florida

Photo of the Day, July 10, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Manatees swim close to the water's surface because they are ...

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Picture of caimans swimming, Brazil

Yacare Caimans, Brazil

Photo of the Day, July 3, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Barely eight inches long—a bite-size snack for any keen-eyed jabiru ...

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