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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Stillness In The South Pacific

Stillness In The South Pacific. Blacktip sharks cruising the shallow sandbars off the coast of Moorea. This is a very unique spot filled with dozens of small blacktip sharks and rays all hours of the day. This shot took me about a week to get after fighting rain, heavy winds, and constant overcast. On my last day in moorea I finally got a window with prime shooting conditions. the water was so clear this morning it almost seemed that the sharks war floating, rather then swimming.

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Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 09.2017
Photo Location: Moorea, French Polynesia
Copyright: © Zach Stadler