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Kayakers pulling their kayak in a river in a river delta of Scoresbysund, GreenlandKayakers pulling their kayak in a river in a river delta of Scoresbysund, GreenlandKayakers pulling their kayak in a river in a river delta of Scoresbysund, Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayaking in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaking in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaking in Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayaks stranded on sandy shoals in the Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaks stranded on sandy shoals in the Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaks stranded on sandy shoals in the Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayaks stranded on sandy shoals in the Scoresbysund, North East

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Kayak at the bottom of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayak at the bottom of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayak at the bottom of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayak at the bottom of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland

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Kayaks on Scoresbysund beach, North East GreenlandKayaks on Scoresbysund beach, North East GreenlandKayaks on Scoresbysund beach, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Bivouac in Jameson's land on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandBivouac in Jameson's land on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandBivouac in Jameson's land on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Bivouac in Jameson's land on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East

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Establishment of a bivouac on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandEstablishment of a bivouac on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandEstablishment of a bivouac on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayakers in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayakers in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayakers in Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayakers pulling their kayaks on sandy shoals, in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayakers pulling their kayaks on sandy shoals, in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayakers pulling their kayaks on sandy shoals, in Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayakers pulling their kayaks on sandy shoals, in Scoresbysund,

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Progression at low tide in Scoresbysund where sandbanks are numerous on the north shore, North East GreenlandProgression at low tide in Scoresbysund where sandbanks are numerous on the north shore, North East GreenlandProgression at low tide in Scoresbysund where sandbanks are numerous on the north shore, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Progression at low tide in Scoresbysund where sandbanks are

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Kayaker on an ice sheet with a flight of sandpipers in the Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaker on an ice sheet with a flight of sandpipers in the Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaker on an ice sheet with a flight of sandpipers in the Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayaker pulling his kayak on the shoals of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaker pulling his kayak on the shoals of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayaker pulling his kayak on the shoals of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayaker pulling his kayak on the shoals of Scoresbysund, North

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Kayak on the mirror waters of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayak on the mirror waters of Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayak on the mirror waters of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Kayak on the mirror waters of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland

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Kayak explorer in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayak explorer in Scoresbysund, North East GreenlandKayak explorer in Scoresbysund, North East Greenland© Pierre Vernay / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale, exclusive sale possible in France
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Polar landscape on Beechey Island, Canada's Arctic, famous for its connection to the tragic Franklin Expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.Polar landscape on Beechey Island, Canada's Arctic, famous for its connection to the tragic Franklin Expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.Polar landscape on Beechey Island, Canada's Arctic, famous for its connection to the tragic Franklin Expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.© Raphaël Sané / BiosphotoJPG - RMUse for the promotion of hunting prohibited

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Polar landscape on Beechey Island, Canada's Arctic, famous for

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), seeking shelter on from an incoming spring tide, Isabela Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), seeking shelter on from an incoming spring tide, Isabela Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), seeking shelter on from an incoming spring tide, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on lava rock, Isabela Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on lava rock, Isabela Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on lava rock, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) coming ashore after a swim of several hundred meters distance; Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Marine Iguana appears slow and clumsy on land, but this particular species of lizard is the only sea-going lizard in the world. However, it has to return the the land to breed. GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) coming ashore after a swim of several hundred meters distance; Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Marine Iguana appears slow and clumsy on land, but this particular species of lizard is the only sea-going lizard in the world. However, it has to return the the land to breed. GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) coming ashore after a swim of several hundred meters distance; Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Marine Iguana appears slow and clumsy on land, but this particular species of lizard is the only sea-going lizard in the world. However, it has to return the the land to breed. Galapagos© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. diving Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus); Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Marine Iguana appears slow and clumsy on land, but this particular species of lizard is the only sea-going lizard in the world. However, it has to return the the land to breed.Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. diving Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus); Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Marine Iguana appears slow and clumsy on land, but this particular species of lizard is the only sea-going lizard in the world. However, it has to return the the land to breed.Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. diving Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus); Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Marine Iguana appears slow and clumsy on land, but this particular species of lizard is the only sea-going lizard in the world. However, it has to return the the land to breed.© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Pelican; Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Brown Pelican is found throughout the Galapagos Islands, skimming over water, plunge-diving and resting in mangrove trees. Brown Pelicans measure around 41 inches in length and have a wingspan of 90 inches. The Galapagos population of the Brown Pelican is said to be an endemic (unique) subspecies of the Pelican Bird.Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Pelican; Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Brown Pelican is found throughout the Galapagos Islands, skimming over water, plunge-diving and resting in mangrove trees. Brown Pelicans measure around 41 inches in length and have a wingspan of 90 inches. The Galapagos population of the Brown Pelican is said to be an endemic (unique) subspecies of the Pelican Bird.Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Pelican; Isabela Island; Galapagos, Ecuador; The Brown Pelican is found throughout the Galapagos Islands, skimming over water, plunge-diving and resting in mangrove trees. Brown Pelicans measure around 41 inches in length and have a wingspan of 90 inches. The Galapagos population of the Brown Pelican is said to be an endemic (unique) subspecies of the Pelican Bird.© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Incoming Tide near Isabela Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Incoming Tide near Isabela Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Incoming Tide near Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Schooling Yellowtail Surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavius), Albany Islet, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Schooling Yellowtail Surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavius), Albany Islet, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Schooling Yellowtail Surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavius), Albany Islet, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. shooling Black-striped salema, Xenocys jessiae, endemic to the Galapagos Islands; rocky landscape covered with barnacles; Isabela Island (Cape Marshall), Galapagos, Ecuador;Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. shooling Black-striped salema, Xenocys jessiae, endemic to the Galapagos Islands; rocky landscape covered with barnacles; Isabela Island (Cape Marshall), Galapagos, Ecuador;Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. shooling Black-striped salema, Xenocys jessiae, endemic to the Galapagos Islands; rocky landscape covered with barnacles; Isabela Island (Cape Marshall), Galapagos, Ecuador;© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. shooling Black-striped salema, Xenocys jessiae; Isabela Island (Cape Marshall), Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. shooling Black-striped salema, Xenocys jessiae; Isabela Island (Cape Marshall), Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. shooling Black-striped salema, Xenocys jessiae; Isabela Island (Cape Marshall), Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Panoramic view of rocky uw-landscape with Gorgonian corals (Pacifigora, seafan or gorgonian octocoral) , off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorPunta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; Ecuador. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Panoramic view of rocky uw-landscape with Gorgonian corals (Pacifigora, seafan or gorgonian octocoral) , off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorPunta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; Ecuador. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Panoramic view of rocky uw-landscape with Gorgonian corals (Pacifigora, seafan or gorgonian octocoral) , off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorPunta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; Ecuador. Stitched image© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galapagos Black Coral (Antipathes galapagensis, center bottom) and Gorgonian corals (Pacifigora, seafan or gorgonian octocoral) , off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galapagos Black Coral (Antipathes galapagensis, center bottom) and Gorgonian corals (Pacifigora, seafan or gorgonian octocoral) , off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galapagos Black Coral (Antipathes galapagensis, center bottom) and Gorgonian corals (Pacifigora, seafan or gorgonian octocoral) , off Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish. Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan. In the EU, regulations ban the sale of fish and fishery products derived of the Molidae family. Sunfish are frequently, though accidentally, caught in gillnets, and are also vulnerable to harm or death from encounters with floating trash, such as plastic bags. A member of the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish and filefish, the sunfish shares many traits common to members of this order. It was originally classified as Tetraodon mola under the pufferfish genus, but it has since been given its own genus, Mola, with two species under it. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the type species of the genus. Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish. Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan. In the EU, regulations ban the sale of fish and fishery products derived of the Molidae family. Sunfish are frequently, though accidentally, caught in gillnets, and are also vulnerable to harm or death from encounters with floating trash, such as plastic bags. A member of the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish and filefish, the sunfish shares many traits common to members of this order. It was originally classified as Tetraodon mola under the pufferfish genus, but it has since been given its own genus, Mola, with two species under it. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the type species of the genus. Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish. Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan. In the EU, regulations ban the sale of fish and fishery products derived of the Molidae family. Sunfish are frequently, though accidentally, caught in gillnets, and are also vulnerable to harm or death from encounters with floating trash, such as plastic bags. A member of the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish and filefish, the sunfish shares many traits common to members of this order. It was originally classified as Tetraodon mola under the pufferfish genus, but it has since been given its own genus, Mola, with two species under it. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the type species of the genus. Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Roca Redonda, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Roca Redonda, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), Roca Redonda, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Starfish (sea star) on barnacles; Roca Redonda, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Starfish (sea star) on barnacles; Roca Redonda, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Starfish (sea star) on barnacles; Roca Redonda, Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. 3 Starfish (sea star) on barnacles; Roca Redonda, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. 3 Starfish (sea star) on barnacles; Roca Redonda, Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. 3 Starfish (sea star) on barnacles; Roca Redonda, Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Bubbles rise from underwater volcanic vents among rocks, the openings are crusted with sulfur, Roca Redonda, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Bubbles rise from underwater volcanic vents among rocks, the openings are crusted with sulfur, Roca Redonda, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Bubbles rise from underwater volcanic vents among rocks, the openings are crusted with sulfur, Roca Redonda, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Panoramic view of the typical and sole official dive spot off Darwin Arch, called "theatre", Darwin Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Panoramic view of the typical and sole official dive spot off Darwin Arch, called "theatre", Darwin Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Panoramic view of the typical and sole official dive spot off Darwin Arch, called "theatre", Darwin Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Stitched image© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galapagos Garden Eels (Heteroconger cobra), depth -30m, off Darwin Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galapagos Garden Eels (Heteroconger cobra), depth -30m, off Darwin Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Galapagos Garden Eels (Heteroconger cobra), depth -30m, off Darwin Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Starfish (Asteroidae) and Galapagos Garden Eels (Heteroconger cobra), depth -30m, off Darwin Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Starfish (Asteroidae) and Galapagos Garden Eels (Heteroconger cobra), depth -30m, off Darwin Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Starfish (Asteroidae) and Galapagos Garden Eels (Heteroconger cobra), depth -30m, off Darwin Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Shooling Pacific creolefish (Paranthias colonus), Wolf Island, Darwin Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Shooling Pacific creolefish (Paranthias colonus), Wolf Island, Darwin Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Shooling Pacific creolefish (Paranthias colonus), Wolf Island, Darwin Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Darwin Arch; Darwin Island (Culpepper); Galapagos; Ecuador; Darwin Island is named in honour of Charles Darwin. Darwin Island is just several miles further North from Wolf Island. At only one square kilometre, it is the 18th largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago (making one of the smallest). With no dry landing sites, Darwin Islands main attractions are not found above the surface, but rather in the depths of the Pacific, which is teeming with a spectacular variety of marine life. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Darwin Arch; Darwin Island (Culpepper); Galapagos; Ecuador; Darwin Island is named in honour of Charles Darwin. Darwin Island is just several miles further North from Wolf Island. At only one square kilometre, it is the 18th largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago (making one of the smallest). With no dry landing sites, Darwin Islands main attractions are not found above the surface, but rather in the depths of the Pacific, which is teeming with a spectacular variety of marine life. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Darwin Arch; Darwin Island (Culpepper); Galapagos; Ecuador; Darwin Island is named in honour of Charles Darwin. Darwin Island is just several miles further North from Wolf Island. At only one square kilometre, it is the 18th largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago (making one of the smallest). With no dry landing sites, Darwin Islands main attractions are not found above the surface, but rather in the depths of the Pacific, which is teeming with a spectacular variety of marine life. Stitched image© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), Wolf Island, GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), Wolf Island, GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), Wolf Island, Galapagos© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Pacific creolefish (Paranthias colonus) and schooling Pelican barracudas (Sphyraena idiastes), background, Wolf Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Pacific creolefish (Paranthias colonus) and schooling Pelican barracudas (Sphyraena idiastes), background, Wolf Island, Galapagos, EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Pacific creolefish (Paranthias colonus) and schooling Pelican barracudas (Sphyraena idiastes), background, Wolf Island, Galapagos, Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. schooling Pelican barracudas, (Sphyraena idiastes); Wolf Island; Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. schooling Pelican barracudas, (Sphyraena idiastes); Wolf Island; Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. schooling Pelican barracudas, (Sphyraena idiastes); Wolf Island; Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. The Bottlenose (or Bottle Nosed) dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Galapagos cooler pelagic waters tend to be larger than their cousins who inhabit warmer, shallower waters. Those in colder waters have a fattier composition more suited to deep-diving. Adults range in length from 2 to 4 metres (6 to 13 feet) and weigh from 150 to 650 kilograms (330 to 1430 pounds). Males are longer and heavier than females. The lifespan of the female Bottlenose Dolphin is about 40 years, whereas males rarely live more than 30 years.Wolf Island; Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. The Bottlenose (or Bottle Nosed) dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Galapagos cooler pelagic waters tend to be larger than their cousins who inhabit warmer, shallower waters. Those in colder waters have a fattier composition more suited to deep-diving. Adults range in length from 2 to 4 metres (6 to 13 feet) and weigh from 150 to 650 kilograms (330 to 1430 pounds). Males are longer and heavier than females. The lifespan of the female Bottlenose Dolphin is about 40 years, whereas males rarely live more than 30 years.Wolf Island; Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. The Bottlenose (or Bottle Nosed) dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the Galapagos cooler pelagic waters tend to be larger than their cousins who inhabit warmer, shallower waters. Those in colder waters have a fattier composition more suited to deep-diving. Adults range in length from 2 to 4 metres (6 to 13 feet) and weigh from 150 to 650 kilograms (330 to 1430 pounds). Males are longer and heavier than females. The lifespan of the female Bottlenose Dolphin is about 40 years, whereas males rarely live more than 30 years.Wolf Island; Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Punta Estrada; Puerto Isidro Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Galapagos; Ecuador. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Punta Estrada; Puerto Isidro Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Galapagos; Ecuador. Stitched imageTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Punta Estrada; Puerto Isidro Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Galapagos; Ecuador. Stitched image© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Punta Estrada - shark channel; Puerto Isidro Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Punta Estrada - shark channel; Puerto Isidro Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Galapagos; EcuadorTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Punta Estrada - shark channel; Puerto Isidro Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Galapagos; Ecuador© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Venus Girdle, Cestid ctenophore, GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Venus Girdle, Cestid ctenophore, GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Venus Girdle, Cestid ctenophore, Galapagos© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Venus Girdle, Cestid ctenophore, GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Venus Girdle, Cestid ctenophore, GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Venus Girdle, Cestid ctenophore, Galapagos© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Salp aggregation containing small shrimps (symbiosis?). A salp (plural salps) or salpa (plural salpae or salpas) is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton. Salps are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas, where they can be seen at the surface, singly or in long, stringy colonies. The most abundant concentrations of salps are in the Southern Ocean (near Antarctica). Here they sometimes form enormous swarms, often in deep water, and are sometimes even more abundant than krill. Over the last century, while krill populations in the Southern Ocean have declined, salp populations appear to be increasing. The chain of salps is the aggregate portion of the life cycle. The aggregate individuals are also known as blastozooids; they remain attached together while swimming and feeding, and each individual grows in size. Each blastozooid in the chain reproduces sexually (the blastozooids are sequential hermaphrodites, first maturing as females, and are fertilized by male gametes produced by older chains), with a growing embryo oozoid attached to the body wall of the parent. The growing oozoids are eventually released from the parent blastozooids, then they continue to feed and grow as the solitary asexual phase, thus closing the life cycle of salps.Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Salp aggregation containing small shrimps (symbiosis?). A salp (plural salps) or salpa (plural salpae or salpas) is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton. Salps are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas, where they can be seen at the surface, singly or in long, stringy colonies. The most abundant concentrations of salps are in the Southern Ocean (near Antarctica). Here they sometimes form enormous swarms, often in deep water, and are sometimes even more abundant than krill. Over the last century, while krill populations in the Southern Ocean have declined, salp populations appear to be increasing. The chain of salps is the aggregate portion of the life cycle. The aggregate individuals are also known as blastozooids; they remain attached together while swimming and feeding, and each individual grows in size. Each blastozooid in the chain reproduces sexually (the blastozooids are sequential hermaphrodites, first maturing as females, and are fertilized by male gametes produced by older chains), with a growing embryo oozoid attached to the body wall of the parent. The growing oozoids are eventually released from the parent blastozooids, then they continue to feed and grow as the solitary asexual phase, thus closing the life cycle of salps.Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Salp aggregation containing small shrimps (symbiosis?). A salp (plural salps) or salpa (plural salpae or salpas) is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton. Salps are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas, where they can be seen at the surface, singly or in long, stringy colonies. The most abundant concentrations of salps are in the Southern Ocean (near Antarctica). Here they sometimes form enormous swarms, often in deep water, and are sometimes even more abundant than krill. Over the last century, while krill populations in the Southern Ocean have declined, salp populations appear to be increasing. The chain of salps is the aggregate portion of the life cycle. The aggregate individuals are also known as blastozooids; they remain attached together while swimming and feeding, and each individual grows in size. Each blastozooid in the chain reproduces sexually (the blastozooids are sequential hermaphrodites, first maturing as females, and are fertilized by male gametes produced by older chains), with a growing embryo oozoid attached to the body wall of the parent. The growing oozoids are eventually released from the parent blastozooids, then they continue to feed and grow as the solitary asexual phase, thus closing the life cycle of salps.© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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