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    On the Gulf of Mexico, I watched as the Black Skimmers were performing their mating ritual of skimming the surf for the not so lucky fish that will seal the deal with their potential mate. I watched as this female accepted her suitor's trophy, ensuring his bloodline will continue to be passed on. This poor minnow is only thinking he might still have a chance to get away.
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    Date Taken: May 31, 2017
    Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2017
    Location: Anna Maria, Florida, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Focal Length: 330 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
    Aperture: f/6.3
    ISO: 100
    Copyright: © Cynthia Herrick
    Categories: Nature
    Contests: 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year, 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year