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The finalists for the annual Ocean Photography Awards competition were announced Thursday.
The images presented in the contest give an account of the rich and varied life of the oceans, where they inhabit from multicolored squids to strange translucent creatures that prowl the seabed.
As some of the photos sent to the jury reveal, the interaction of human beings with the natural environment is not always positive.
To the known dangers are now added the masks against covid-19, which are already appearing in the sea and causing great damage to the animals that live in these habitats.
The mission of the competition is simple: highlight the ocean beautys of our planet as well as the threats facing.
The winners of the competition will be announced between September 10 and 16.
Here we share some of the most beautiful finalist images.
Stretching the neck
A green turtle pokes its head out of the middle of a reef in Selayar, Indonesia. Photo by Galice Hoarau.
This is an image of the Cenote Dos Pisos cave, in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
In pleasant company
A group of sea lions surrounds a diver on Vancouver Island, Canada.
On the edge of the precipice
An emperor penguin chick stands on the edge of the ice shelf at Atka Bay, Antarctica.
Southern squid (Sepioteuthis australis) photographed at night in Bushrangers Bay in Australia.
These fishing boats search for anchovies off the coast of Phu Yen province in Vietnam.
Carried away by the current
A nettle jellyfish drifts in the shallow waters of Monterey Bay, California, United States.
An American crocodile glides through the water at sunset in the Jardines de la Reina, Cuba; a protected marine reserve since 1996.
A group of hawk rays, photographed in Coral Bay in Western Australia. What we see appears to be mating or courtship behavior.
The effects of covid-19 at sea
A seahorse clings to a mask as it swims in the water in Stratoni, Greece.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.