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    Bigeye Trevally forming a "tornado" at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico
. A few years ago, local fisherman decided to stop fishing and bet all on ecotourism. That bet was successful economically, socially, and ecologically speaking. What used to be an almost lifeless place now has a complete life chain, even bull sharks are back and orcas come and visit often. Cabo Pulmo is a true example that of the capacity or recovery that the ocean possesses, we just need to give it a chance for recovery.
    Composition 17
    Lighting 8
    Creativity 10
    Story 4

    Powerful photograph, and magical atmosphere. The grainy, black and white is very dramatic. I love the relationship between the massive schools of trevally (showing that the environment is in good health) and the visitor from outer space (the land). It makes me feel humbled and in awe.

    Enric Sala
    National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Oct 23, 2015
    Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2015
    Location: Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Camera: SONY DSC-RX100
    Focal Length: 10.4 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec
    Aperture: f/1.8
    ISO: 100
    Copyright: © Anuar Patjane Floriuk
    Categories: Nature, Underwater
    Assignments: Pristine Seas
    Contests: 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year