“Peek-A-Boo!” By Martin Edser, British Waters, species of seal not listed
The contest should require their entrants to include a species identification and general location.
“A Sand Tiger Shark Surrounded By Tiny Bait Fish” By Tanya Houppermans, Cape Lookout, North Carolina at the Wreck of the Caribsea
“Love Birds” By Grant Thomas, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland, I believe these are adult Mute Swans?
“Blacktip Rendezvous” By Renee Capozzola. Photographer: “In French Polynesia, there is a healthy shark population thanks to their strong protection.”
“Friend Or Food?!” By Songda Cai, Conger Eel, Location?
“Black-Saddle Snake Eel” By Marchione Dott. Giacomo. Photographer: Black-Saddle Snake Eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) and around her a shrimp scavenger (Periclimenes venustus), Teluk Kembahu 3 (or TK3) Diving in Pulau Lembeh, Indonesia
“One Of The Last Ones” By Robert Marc Lehmann. Photographer: “This is one of two Asian small clawed otters which I followed for a couple of days in their rewilding training in the jungle of Palawan, Philippines. They were rescued as babies and people are trying to release them back into the wild after extensive training in the sea, the jungle and various freshwater areas.”
“Breathtaking” By Tobias Friedrich, Orcas, Location?
“The Nose” By Mike Korostelev, Kurile Lake, Brown Bear, Kamchatka Russia. Photographer: “I used a remote control system with a 10 meter cable. I left the camera in the shallow water in the river next to the path that bears regularly pass and hid 8 meters from the camera. This day my camera was spotted by four cubs, which were walking along the path with their mother. The mother stopped and began to look out for the fish in the river, and the cubs saw the camera, they were very curious and began to play with it.”
“Honu Love At Dusk” By Renee Capozzola. Species are Green Turtles apparently? Photographer: “This is the only time I have seen turtles mate although there are many turtles in Hawaii thanks to their strong protection under state law.”
“Fresh Otter At Sea” By Greg Lecoeur, somewhere in UK waters. Photographer: “I asked to my Scottish friend Richard Shucksmith who knows this species very well to help me to capture this image. During a dive we were very lucky to find this otter who was curious about my lens.”
“Oceanic White Tip Shark” By Greg Lecoeur. Photographer: “In recent years, oceanic white-tip sharks have become rarer in Red Sea but they are back around the offshore reefs of Egypt.”
“The Birth” By Filippo Borghi, Mediterranean Black coral and shark baby hatching out of its case
“Australian Sea Lion” By Greg Lecoeur. Photographer: “In this picture we can see an endemic sea lion from Australia who was having fun standing on the sand posing in front of my camera.”
“A Lagoon Glimpse” By Romain Barats, Mid September, Polynesia, Sharks and Rays
“Fried Egg Anemones At Pixie Gardens” By Paul Kay. Photographer: “Last year we spent two weeks diving out of Doune in Knoydart and carried out many of our dives in Lochs Nevis and Hourn.”
“Octopus Vulgaris” By Guy Mitchell. Photographer: “We headed over to Brixham in the hope of spotting an Octopus….I was surprised at how it seemed unaffected by our presence and willingly seemed to pose for photographs.”
“Gannets Feeding” By Greg Lecoeur. Photographer: “I captured this image in Scotland during summer time.”
“Lovers On The Bridge” By Yatwaiso, Needle Shrimp
“Feeding Sturgeon In A Cloud Of Silt” By Trevor Rees. Photographer: “A number of sturgeon can be found at Capernwray in Lancashire. This fish was most likely released to this freshwater flooded quarry a number of years ago, possibly because of having outgrown someone’s pond. Nevertheless, as a species sturgeon are actually native to the UK and have survived unchanged for centuries. My photo shows the fish going about its business of foraging for food in the silty bottom of the quarry.”
“Tiger Sharks Feeding On Sperm Whale Carcass” By Chris Burville, no location listed, possible location is Caribbean or off Australian Coast
“Migration” by Austin Ferguson. Photographer: “Every year in the Pacific Northwest of North America, wild Pacific Salmon make an epic migration from the ocean up the same rivers and streams that they were born in, sometimes traveling over a thousand miles inland to reproduce. Salmon are a keystone species in the Pacific Northwest as much of the surrounding flora and fauna depend on them for survival. However, Pacific Salmon are in a precipitous decline due to overfishing, dams, salmon farming and deforestation. This image is part of a series highlighting the decline of Pacific Salmon, their vital role in the ecosystem, and the need to protect them. Over the course of three months, I spent countless hours in 13°C water photographing this incredible migration. Eventually, my patience paid off when I captured this image of a male Pink Salmon fighting his way back upstream to continue his species and nurture the surrounding ecosystem.”
“Pike Patrol” By Mark Launchbury. Photographer: “This image was taken at my local dive site Dosthill Quarry.The pike are a regular sighting , but a very unpredictable fish, Often found hovering amongst the weeds motionless , stalking their prey or hanging around inside the wreck attractions such as an aircraft cockpit, or decaying vehicles.”
“Basking Shark Feeding” By Will Clark. Photographer: “Basking sharks are the world’s second biggest fish: they can grow over 10 metres long. Each year dozens arrive to the rich waters off the Inner Hebrides archipelago as part of their annual migrations. A bloom in plant plankton occurs in the warming springtime waters, which leads to an explosion in the numbers of animal plankton at the height of summer. Just as these tiny animals feed on the microscopic plants, so the basking sharks feed on the zooplankton, pushing slowly forward with their massive mouths open to envelop clouds of their prey before filtering them out through specialised gill structures.”
“Tres Amigos” By Sarah Vasend, La Paz, Mexico, species not identified