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Rare underwater footage of endangered marine life. Photographer Brian Skerry

According to the report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), over the past 45 years, the number of marine inhabitants has halved. National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has been watching them for 18 years. He took photographs of many endangered species of the underwater world off the coast of Mexico, among remote coral reefs in the central and southern Pacific Ocean.

Currently, Brian Skerry travels around Australia, shows off his photographs and talks about marine life.

Harp Seal Cub (Puppy) in St. Lawrence Bay, Canada

This puppy is about 14 days old and makes his first dive. “At such a moment in life, they leave their mothers and dive into the sea, the temperature of which is minus two degrees. They don’t know exactly what to do. For the first few seconds, they just hang around, ”says Skerry.

Whale Shark and Fish, Mexico

“This is the largest fish in the ocean. I photographed my first [whale shark] off the coast of Western Australia, ”says Skerry. This photo was taken in Mexico, where a large concentration of the species was observed near the Yucatan Peninsula.

Manatees, Three Sisters Source, Crystal River, Florida

During an Australian tour, Skerry talks about manatees from Florida, which early explorers in North America called mermaids. These huge aquatic mammals lost most of their natural habitat, and they had to adapt to the urbanized environment.

Manta ray jumping out of the water, Mexico

“It was one of those rarest moments ... I was in an inflatable boat, ready to go diving. I had cameras above and under water. This manta ray skipped over the water three times, and I quickly took a few frames. One good one. ”

Long-winged shark and biologist Wes Pratt, Bahamas

“I took this photo while working in the Bahamas on shark reporting. The long-winged shark is on the verge of extinction. From the 50s to the 90s of the XX century, the number of this species decreased by 99.3%. There are only a few places where you can meet them, one of them is the Coral Sea. ”

Leather turtles, Trinidad, off the coast of Venezuela

Leatherback turtles are the largest, deepest plunging and oldest species of turtles. And this species of sea turtles is most endangered more than any other.

Pico leatherback turtle, Azores archipelago, Portugal

“I was looking for tuna there, and I came across a turtle. This is a very rare photograph. It’s almost impossible to meet the turtle under water that close. She regales herself with fireworks (pyrosomes), invertebrates that live near the surface of warm seas. ”

Huge tuna off Prince Edward Island, Canada

The giant bluefin (blue) tuna is a very mysterious, elusive animal, which is under serious threat of extinction. Over the past 30 years, the number of species has declined by about 90%. This snapshot of bluefin tuna, capturing herring under a fishing boat, can be considered a rare success. It is extremely difficult to capture a fish that migrates and moves at a speed of 96.5 km / h.

Long-snouted dolphins in the waters of Oahu, Hawaiian archipelago

"These tropical dolphins eat at night, going further from the coast to a greater depth, and early in the morning they return to shallow water to mingle and relax."

Surgical fish family, East Atoll, Pacific Ocean

“I was told that no one has yet dived in this area of the island. The condition of the reefs seemed so healthy that it was like a journey into the past. The scene looked literally fabulous, so I slowed down the shutter speed and gave the image a slightly abstract look. ”
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