Fishermen's lights attract plankton which attract young whale sharks.
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Baitfish attract a venomous lionfish.
Fishing on the non-protected side of Vamizi Island.
Jellyfish in the shallow inshore waters of Table Mountain.
After nesting, a loggerhead turtle paddles into the surf of Masira Island.
Masira Island, Oman.
Young whale sharks come to feed on plankton in the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti.
To escape the tropical sun on Aldabra atoll, giant tortoises take shelter in layers beneath any available foliage.
Aldabra, Seychelles Islands.
A Southern right whale and calf in mating and calving grounds in the De Hoop Marine Protected Area.
A pair of fur seals in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
Bottlenose dolphins swimming in the Indian Ocean in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
African penguins forage near their rookeries on Mercury Island.
Mercury Island, Namibia.
Fur seals surf in Atlantic swells off Cape Town.
Fur seals and jellyfish share the shallow inshore waters of Table Mountain.
The reefs off Saudi Arabia are some of the most undisturbed in the region.
Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.
Arabian surgeonfish joust for territorial possession on a coral reef.
Bottlenose dolphins swim in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve.
A coconut crab, the world's largest terrestrial arthropod, with a leg span of three feet.
A diver swimming over table coral in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
An Aldabra giant tortoise on Grande Terre Island.
A dog swims with bottlenose dolphins in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
A girl learns her numbers at Millibangalala Ranger Station, which provides health services and schooling for communities within the Marine Reserve.
Ponta Do Ouro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
A bull fur seal asserts his dominance in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
A fisherman along the shore near the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area.
An African penguin swims underwater near Mercury Island.
A fur seal surfs Atlantic swells off Cape Town.
Fur seals in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
The Techobanine Coral Reef in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Gulls, gannets, and penguins on Mercury Island, near the Diamond Coast of Namibia.
Blacktip reef sharks wait for the tide to refill the lagoon at remote Aldabra Atoll.
Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles Islands.
The daily catch of sharks and other fish is iced and loaded into trucks bound for Dubai.
Fish swimming over Techobanine Coral Reef in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Fish swim over Doodles Reef.
A diver swims over poached abalone shells in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
Aldabra giant tortoises escape searing daytime heat by taking refuge in caves within the rugged coral rock on Grande Terre Island.
Grand Terre Island, Seychelles Islands.
A lionfish swims along Doodles Reef.
An aerial view of the coastline of the Ponta Do Ouro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Baitfish and predators on Doodles Reef.
Coral reefs, seen as dark shadows, off Mozambique's Ponta do Ouro marine reserve.
Ring-necked parakeets, a threat to the Seychelles black parrot, are reduced and eliminated.
A pharaoh cuttlefish releases a plume of ink as it is stabbed by a diver.
Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, Oman.
A giant black scorpion on Fregate Island.
A rainbow arches off the Seychelles Islands.
Red footed boobies in a mangrove tree on Malabar Island.
Fish swim above Doodles Reef.
The white-tailed tropicbird rests on Aride Island.
Aride Island, Seychelles Islands.
A whale shark swims in the Indian Ocean in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
A sea snake swims in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf.
An oil tanker scuttled near the Kuwait-Iraq border.
Surfers make an attempt to capture the world record for the number of surfers riding a single wave.
A ray sits on the ocean floor near Doodles Reef.
A shark scientists prepare for shark tagging.
A shark scientist tags a shark.
A traditional healer performs a ritual at the water's edge.
A jellyfish in the ocean along Sandwich Harbor, Namibia.
Namib Desert, Namibia.
Seagrass in the ocean along Sandwich Harbor, Namibia.
A fur seal swims in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
Freshly caught offshore pelagic yellow tuna at A Tuna Fishing Derby in Hout Bay.
Traditional healers perform a ritual at the water's edge.
A scientist examines coral in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
A green turtle grazes on sea grass in Aldabra lagoon.
A white tern flies through regenerating native forest on Cousine, a private island off the coast of Praslin.
Praslin Island, Seychelles Islands.
A coconut crab on a tree trunk.
A shark swims in waters off the Seychelles Islands.
An expedition team travels with equipment in a mangrove forest on Grand Terre Island.
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