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By Brian Mayes
posted Wednesday, April 7, 2010
73 votes

Surprise!!  While sitting patiently watching a big Great White playing with some sea weed, this 4+m male GW scared the hell out of me as he snuck by for an ultra close pass. Evidently I don't taste good.
By Sam Cahir
posted Sunday, September 25, 2011
58 votes

'Shaggy'.  This 4m Great White cruised in while we were deploying acoustic listening stations to track GWS movements in the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
By Sam Cahir
posted Thursday, December 8, 2011
56 votes

Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) at Flinders Pier, Victoria. From this angle it looks like it would make a good catapault. ;-)
By Brian Mayes
posted Saturday, March 27, 2010
54 votes


By Jamie Coote
posted Thursday, June 16, 2011
48 votes

Meet Bruce, the smiling 5m male great white.  Bruce was one of 5 whites that circled us during the dive, making for a nerve racking ascent. Taken at 24m at the Neptune Islands, South Australia using a Nikon D700 16mm & 1.4x converter.
By Sam Cahir
posted Monday, October 3, 2011
48 votes

I lifted a metal plate and found this octopus looking after her eggs. Carefully put the plate back down, but discovered on subsequent dive 2 days later, some moron had turned the plate over and left it with eggs and octopus exposed to die. :-(
By Brian Mayes
posted Saturday, March 27, 2010
47 votes

Watching Great Whites in their natural environment (in this case down at 26 metres) is an incredible site.  On this dive we had 5 GW's encircle us including this 4.5m male.  Certainly made getting back to the surface interesting.
By Sam Cahir
posted Sunday, September 25, 2011
47 votes

Leafy Sea Dragon taken at the Rapid Bay Jetty on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. It took 5 dives just to find this guy, but when I did I spent the whole dive with him. You can tell he is a male by the recently hatched egg sacks on his tail
By Ed Burford
posted Friday, December 24, 2010
46 votes

Meet Chainsaw the little 3.5m Great White.  The lens make him look small but he's a feisty little bugger.  Chainsaw has a huge chunk out of his head (unfortunately the other side from this pic) and really does look he's been in the wars.
By Sam Cahir
posted Monday, October 3, 2011
44 votes
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Underwater Photo Contest Entries From The Great Australian Bight

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weedy looking at me
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Claire using the line
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toot toot
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A baby Short-Headed Sea Horse hanging in between an explo... by Francesco Ricci
A baby Short-Headed Sea Horse hanging in between an explosion of life
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gobbleguts with babies
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A close-up of the iconic Australian Weedy Seadragon. Its ... by Francesco Ricci
A close-up of the iconic Australian Weedy Seadragon. Its vibrant colors a treasure for everyone loves the underwater world.
12 Votes
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Leafy SeaDragon
22 Votes
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Occy. by Dave Baxter
Occy.
16 Votes
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Ewen Ponds Crayfish by David Haintz
Ewen Ponds Crayfish
22 Votes
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What you looking at ? by Dave Baxter
What you looking at ?
8 Votes
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Great white with mates by Dave Baxter
Great white with mates
7 Votes
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leafy seadragon by Dave Baxter
leafy seadragon
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great white shark going in for bite by Dave Baxter
great white shark going in for bite
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leafy frontal shot by Gaetano Gargiulo
leafy frontal shot
11 Votes
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sea dragon sketch by Gaetano Gargiulo
sea dragon sketch
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"Natural Colors" just the background is been manipulated ... by Gaetano Gargiulo
"Natural Colors" just the background is been manipulated (minimally) to remove almost all of the colors and leave it neutral so the dragons stands out in its natural colors
13 Votes
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Not much manipulation required. I have uploaded the one w... by Gaetano Gargiulo
Not much manipulation required. I have uploaded the one with the original water color as well so you can compare. I just used the curve tool on the already burnt sun burst and then dodged a bit the rest of the water around the dragon...
19 Votes
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Dance into the light...
The vis dropped to less than 1m ... by Gaetano Gargiulo
Dance into the light...
The vis dropped to less than 1m during the dive.so I made use of the milky white water to achieve clear background. Minimal PS involved, just the curve tool. Also no fiddling I just waited for the surge to bring it to me!!!
9 Votes
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"lost into the blue" the dragon was swimming in the curre... by Gaetano Gargiulo
"lost into the blue" the dragon was swimming in the current and pushed by the surge. careful position of myself under the boulders allowed me to take this shot into the blue...
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Vis was bad to start with then deteriorated during the di... by Gaetano Gargiulo
Vis was bad to start with then deteriorated during the dive to below 1m... but hey I finally got to see the leafy!!! shot taken in the surge
9 Votes
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Great White Shark, Neptune Islands South Australia. No st... by Shelley Hooper
Great White Shark, Neptune Islands South Australia. No strobe, wide angle. Olympus OMD EM5 in Olympus housing.
10 Votes
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Jelly Fish Port Phillip Bay,Melbourne,Australia by Jean-Yves Bignoux
Jelly Fish Port Phillip Bay,Melbourne,Australia
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Jellyfish,Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Australia,Jean-Yves ... by Jean-Yves Bignoux
Jellyfish,Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Australia,Jean-Yves Bignoux,
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swimmig !!! by Dave Baxter
swimmig !!!
14 Votes
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close up by Dave Baxter
close up
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Fabillina on tasseled angler fish foot by Dave Baxter
Fabillina on tasseled angler fish foot
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swinging dick by Dave Baxter
swinging dick
8 Votes
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