Fishermen's lights attract plankton which attract young whale sharks.
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Fur seals and jellyfish share the shallow inshore waters of Table Mountain.
Baitfish attract a venomous lionfish.
Box jellyfish in the shallow inshore waters of Table Mountain.
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.
To escape the tropical sun on Aldabra atoll, giant tortoises take shelter in layers beneath any available foliage.
Aldabra, Seychelles Islands.
Young whale sharks come to feed on plankton in the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti.
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.
African penguins forage near their rookeries on Mercury Island.
Mercury Island, Namibia.
Bottlenose dolphins swimming in the Indian Ocean in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Fur seals surf in Atlantic swells off Cape Town.
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.
Bottlenose dolphins swim in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve.
A dog swims with bottlenose dolphins in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
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.
A bull fur seal asserts his dominance in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
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.
Fur seals in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
A whale shark swims in the Indian Ocean in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
An Aldabra giant tortoise on Grande Terre Island.
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 fisherman along the shore near the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area.
A fur seal surfs Atlantic swells off Cape Town.
An African penguin swims underwater near Mercury Island.
A lionfish swims along Doodles Reef.
Kelp on the surface of Table Mountain National Park's marine protected area.
Blacktip reef sharks wait for the tide to refill the lagoon at remote Aldabra Atoll.
Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles Islands.
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.
The daily catch of sharks and other fish is iced and loaded into trucks bound for Dubai.
An endemic species of pitcher plant feeds on insects that get trapped in their liquid-filled cups.
Mahe Island, Seychelles Islands.
Fish swimming over Techobanine Coral Reef in the Ponta Do Oro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
Baitfish and predators on Doodles Reef.
Fish swim over Doodles Reef.
A diver swims over poached abalone shells in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
An aerial view of the coastline of the Ponta Do Ouro Marine Reserve, Mozambique.
A sooty tern in flight above a colony on Bird Island.
Bird Island, Republic of the Seychelles.
Ring-necked parakeets, a threat to the Seychelles black parrot, are reduced and eliminated.
Coral reefs, seen as dark shadows, off Mozambique's Ponta do Ouro marine reserve.
Blacktip sharks swim in shallow waters off Picard Island.
A giant black scorpion on Fregate Island.
A white shark follows a marine biologist in a kayak off the coast of South Africa.
A pharaoh cuttlefish releases a plume of ink as it is stabbed by a diver.
Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, Oman.
Fishermen in a boat off of Mozambique's Vamizi Island Marine Reserve.
A rainbow arches off the Seychelles Islands.
Red footed boobies in a mangrove tree on Malabar Island.
The white-tailed tropicbird rests on Aride Island.
Aride Island, Seychelles Islands.
Fish swim above Doodles Reef.
A green turtle grazes on sea grass in Aldabra lagoon.
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 traditional healer performs a ritual at the water's edge.
A shark scientists prepare for shark tagging.
A shark scientist tags a shark.
A white tailed tropicbird in flight.
A fur seal in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park.
A wave breaks along Sandwich Harbor, Namibia.
Namib Desert, Namibia.
A jellyfish in the ocean along Sandwich Harbor, Namibia.
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