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Common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) on a blade of grass in a field at the edge of a wood, in spring, in May, Picardy, France.Common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) on a blade of grass in a field at the edge of a wood, in spring, in May, Picardy, France.Common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) on a blade of grass in a field at the edge of a wood, in spring, in May, Picardy, France.© Samuel Dhier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) -female- landed on a gypsyweed flower near a stream, in spring, in May, Picardy, France.Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) -female- landed on a gypsyweed flower near a stream, in spring, in May, Picardy, France.Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) -female- landed on a gypsyweed flower near a stream, in spring, in May, Picardy, France.© Samuel Dhier / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Pink Evening primrose in front of a garden shack, Provence, FrancePink Evening primrose in front of a garden shack, Provence, FrancePink Evening primrose in front of a garden shack, Provence, France© Philippe Giraud / Biosgarden / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Pink Evening primrose in front of a garden shack, Provence, FrancePink Evening primrose in front of a garden shack, Provence, FrancePink Evening primrose in front of a garden shack, Provence, France© Philippe Giraud / Biosgarden / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Unripe cherries, Provence, FranceUnripe cherries, Provence, FranceUnripe cherries, Provence, France© Philippe Giraud / Biosgarden / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Night Storm over the Bridge of Oléron Island - France ; Many storms have succeeded on the night of 7 to 8 May 2015 at Fort Louvois.Night Storm over the Bridge of Oléron Island - FranceNight Storm over the Bridge of Oléron Island - France ; Many storms have succeeded on the night of 7 to 8 May 2015 at Fort Louvois.© Xavier Delorme / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Night Storm over the Bridge of Oléron Island - France ; Many

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Degradation stormy night on the Fort Louvois - France ; Many storms have succeeded on the night of 7 to 8 May 2015 at Fort Louvois.Degradation stormy night on the Fort Louvois - FranceDegradation stormy night on the Fort Louvois - France ; Many storms have succeeded on the night of 7 to 8 May 2015 at Fort Louvois.© Xavier Delorme / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Degradation stormy night on the Fort Louvois - France ; Many storms have succeeded on the night of May 4 to 5, 2015 at Fort Louvois.<br>Overlays 5 photos 30 seconds of exposure is 2 minutes 30.Degradation stormy night on the Fort Louvois - FranceDegradation stormy night on the Fort Louvois - France ; Many storms have succeeded on the night of May 4 to 5, 2015 at Fort Louvois.
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View half air half water of a dwarf Zostera (Zostera noltei) seagrass, in the Thau lagoon, Herault, Occitania, France. Species protected in the PACA region (decree of 9 May 1994).View half air half water of a dwarf Zostera (Zostera noltei) seagrass, in the Thau lagoon, Herault, Occitania, France. Species protected in the PACA region (decree of 9 May 1994).View half air half water of a dwarf Zostera (Zostera noltei) seagrass, in the Thau lagoon, Herault, Occitania, France. Species protected in the PACA region (decree of 9 May 1994).© Mathieu Foulquié / BiosphotoJPG - RMSale prohibited by some Agents

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Common tubic (Common Tubic) 8 mm, imago of a spectacular and fairly common species in the undergrowth or edge of hedges, late May, Côtes d'Armor, Breetagne, FranceCommon tubic (Common Tubic) 8 mm, imago of a spectacular and fairly common species in the undergrowth or edge of hedges, late May, Côtes d'Armor, Breetagne, FranceCommon tubic (Common Tubic) 8 mm, imago of a spectacular and fairly common species in the undergrowth or edge of hedges, late May, Côtes d'Armor, Breetagne, France© Dominique Halleux / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) on leaf, oligotrophic wet meadows, May, Discriminant species natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) on leaf, oligotrophic wet meadows, May, Discriminant species natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) on leaf, oligotrophic wet meadows, May, Discriminant species natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France© Dominique Halleux / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), male imago warming its wings in the sun, wet oligotrophic meadows, May, Discriminating species Natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), male imago warming its wings in the sun, wet oligotrophic meadows, May, Discriminating species Natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), male imago warming its wings in the sun, wet oligotrophic meadows, May, Discriminating species Natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, France© Dominique Halleux / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), male imago warming its

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), imago, wet oligotrophic meadows, May, Discriminating species Natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), imago, wet oligotrophic meadows, May, Discriminating species Natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), imago, wet oligotrophic meadows, May, Discriminating species Natura 2000, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, France© Dominique Halleux / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), imago, wet oligotrophic

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia),Imago at evening rest, May, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia),Imago at evening rest, May, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, FranceMarsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia),Imago at evening rest, May, Plounérin, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France© Dominique Halleux / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia),Imago at evening rest, May,

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Orage isolé sur la pointe du Cotentin dans l'après-midi du 7 mai 2016, Cap Lévi, Cherbourg, Normandie, FranceOrage isolé sur la pointe du Cotentin dans l'après-midi du 7 mai 2016, Cap Lévi, Cherbourg, Normandie, FranceOrage isolé sur la pointe du Cotentin dans l'après-midi du 7 mai 2016, Cap Lévi, Cherbourg, Normandie, France© Xavier Delorme / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), two youngsters napping on a riverbank at the hottest hours of the day in May, Kruger, South AfricaHippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), two youngsters napping on a riverbank at the hottest hours of the day in May, Kruger, South AfricaHippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), two youngsters napping on a riverbank at the hottest hours of the day in May, Kruger, South Africa© Brigitte Marcon / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Coastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming daily on the still cold sea in May, Cape Roca Region, PortugalCoastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming daily on the still cold sea in May, Cape Roca Region, PortugalCoastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming daily on the still cold sea in May, Cape Roca Region, Portugal© Jean-Philippe Delobelle / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Coastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming

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Coastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming daily on the still cold sea in May, Cape Roca Region, PortugalCoastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming daily on the still cold sea in May, Cape Roca Region, PortugalCoastal fog and pebbles, Praia do Abano, Portugal. Mists forming daily on the still cold sea in May, Cape Roca Region, Portugal© Jean-Philippe Delobelle / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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Camellia japonica 'Asahi-no-mai' JAP 1912Camellia japonica 'Asahi-no-mai' JAP 1912Camellia japonica 'Asahi-no-mai' JAP 1912© Alain Kubacsi / BiosphotoJPG - RMSale prohibited in Germany

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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. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus

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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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Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Plankton (species undetermined), GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Plankton (species undetermined), GalapagosTara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Plankton (species undetermined), Galapagos© Christoph Gerigk / BiosphotoJPG - RM

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