Photo by @BrianSkerry. A pair of Unicorn Fish swim together at dusk along a deep drop-off in the waters off of Millennium Atoll, in the Southern Line Islands. Scientists on a National Geographic expedition to these remote Islands discovered a predator-heavy biomass in the reef ecosystems, with a coral cover of up to 100% in most locations. Though currently healthy, the ecosystem must maintain every living creature as a means of surviving. Herbivores like these surgeonfish graze on algae, keeping it from overgrowing the coral. Like a finely-made watch, each piece of the ecosystem works in harmony with all other components. When certain species are removed, the entire system breaks down.
A Shortfin Mako Shark attacks a mullet bait, towed by a fisherman in the waters of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest animals in the sea, capable of swimming at speeds of over 45 miles per hour, and sustaining bursts of up to 60 miles per hour. Sport fishermen frequently use a mullet bait like this - towed at speeds of nearly 10 knots - to try and catch marlin, but sometimes Mako Sharks attack the bait instead. Photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) built a special tow camera and used a high-speed video system to capture this behavior in slow motion.
Coverage from an upcoming story in @NatGeo about Mako Sharks. To see more photography and video of marine wildlife, be sure to follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram. @thephotosociety
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