Despite what Captain Kirk would tell you…our ocean is truly the final frontier. If we don’t take care of it, we won’t get another one to take its place.
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This first video was taken off Dana Point, California– home to more dolphins than anywhere in the world!
This image of a harbor seal was taken in a kelp forest at Cortes Bank near San Diego by Kyle McBurnie. It was the overall winning image submitted to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science‘s (RSMAS) underwater photography competition.
Pietro Cremone from Italy won third place in the wide-angle category. His entry shows a Raccoon Butterfly Fish and Angelfish on a reef in the Red Sea near Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.
Alex Tattersall took the shot of a Lionfish on the Thistlegorm wreck in the Red Sea and it won first place in the wide-angle category. The SS Thistlegorm was a British naval ship built in 1940 in England.
Second place in the wide-angle category went to Joseph Tepper. It shows Spinner Dolphins swimming in a small inlet off the Kona coast of Hawaii.
This shot of Anemone Shrimp was taken in Puerto Galera in the Philippines by Beth Watson. It was the winning picture in the RSMAS macro category.
The second place macro picture was this image of an Emperor Shrimp on top of two Nudibranch Molluscs. It was taken at Dinah’s Beach in Papua New Guinea by Douglas Good.
The third place in the macro category of the RSMAS underwater photography competition went to Italian photographer Frederica Bambi. It shows a Porcelain Crab on an Anemone at Pescador Island, Cebu in the Philippines.