UNDERWATER PHOTOS: Best Aquatic Views From 2009 Contest

UNDERWATER PHOTOS: Best Aquatic Views From 2009 Contest
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Third Place, Student Photography

Likely about to become another link in the food chain, a majorra fish attempts to outswim an oceanic whitetip shark in the Bahamas in this winning picture by University of Miami student Neil Hammerschlag.

Though protected in the Bahamas by bans on shark exports and longline fishing, the oceanic whitetip is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, meaning it faces a "high risk of extinction in the wild"—largely due to the popularity of its fins as food.
—Photograph courtesy Neil Hammerschlag
 
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