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Black-spotted ray (Taeniurops meyeni) - Maamagili Outreef, South Ari Atol, Maldives

This splendid stingray was photographed some 100 feet below sea level, illuminated purely by the strength of the sun penetrating the clear ocean. Within this image, there is great contrast of dark and light, along with the stillness of the sand against the flick of the ray’s fin. The human element in the image cannot be understated because if the exploitation of the oceans continues at the present rate, my future images will be only of divers.