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Photo of the Day : Underwater

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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 the Ile Europa atoll, Mozambique Channel

Île Europa Atoll

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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Picture of a sea pen crab

Sea Pen Crab

Photo of the Day, July 2, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A sea pen crab hiding between the branches of this sea ...

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Picture of a crinoid shrimp blending in with its surroundings in the waters off of the Philippines

Crinoid Shrimp, Philippines

Photo of the Day, June 21, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel Photos

A wonderful crinoid shrimp photographed during a dive in Moalboal, Philippines ...

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Picture of a diver exploring Orda Cave in Russia

Orda Cave, Russia

Photo of the Day, June 6, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel Photos

A diver swims through Orda Cave in Russia.

This photo and ...

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Picture of a crinoid on a reef in New Caledonia

Crinoid, New Caledonia

Photo of the Day, May 18, 2013

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

My home is Tahiti and I am a ...

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Picture of a surfer taken underwater in Broulee, Australia

Surfer, Australia

Photo of the Day, May 1, 2013

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

During my summer holidays I spend a few ...

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Picture of a blenny fish in the Red Sea

Blenny, Red Sea

Photo of the Day, April 29, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Small blenny fish hiding in a coral hole, Red ...

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Picture of a snorkeler and a giant manta ray in Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Manta Ray and Snorkeler, Australia

Photo of the Day, April 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A snorkeler appreciates the beauty of a giant manta ...

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Picture of kayakers among manatees in the waters of Florida

Three Sisters Springs, Florida

Photo of the Day, March 28, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Kayaks crowd Three Sisters Springs, where people and manatees ...

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Picture of a Eurasian otter in England

Eurasian Otter, England

Photo of the Day, March 25, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

A female Eurasian otter searches for prey in a ...

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Picture of three manatees in the waters of Florida

Manatees, Florida

Photo of the Day, March 19, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Propeller scars mark this manatee—graphic evidence of a ...

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Picture of an emperor penguin launching from the sea to the ice in Antarctica

Emperor Penguin, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, March 6, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Preparing to launch from the sea to the sea ...

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Picture of a black trevally and a school of sardines

Black Trevally and Sardines

Photo of the Day, February 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos

A black trevally letting the sardines get used to it before ...

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Picture of Cape fur seals in the waters off South Africa

Cape Fur Seals, South Africa

Photo of the Day, January 24, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Cape fur seals are a favorite photographic subject of mine. They ...

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Picture of stingrays swimming in the waters of Grand Cayman

Stingrays, Grand Cayman

Photo of the Day, January 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Stingrays gracefully flying, forming a perfect straight line. Sand bar, Grand ...

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