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Aqua Man
Photograph by Robert Clark

"The biggest problem was poop," says photographer Robert Clark of working underwater with manatees at Florida's Sea World. To juxtapose old and new, his team set up a skeleton model of the manatee's 50-million-year-old ancestor, Pezosiren portelli, inside the tank. "We had to bait the live ones to get them in the right place," says Clark, "so there was cabbage floating around, muddying the waters. Cabbage and poop." Ultimately, he shot the skeleton in front of the aquarium, with cleaner results.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/90 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Wet
Time of Day: 9 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: I balanced ambient light with two strobes and copy lighting.
Special Equipment or Comments: I used underwater housing for camera.



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