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Beating Hearts
Photograph by Bill Curtsinger

Using a simple heart-rate monitor, veterinarian Aleksija Neimanis checks the pulse of a rescued harbor porpoise as fellow researchers keep it wet and take a blood sample from its fluke. If the porpoise shows any signs of stress, it's quickly returned to the water. "They're freaky little animals," says researcher Ann Pabst, who is studying how harbor porpoises regulate body heat. "I've watched a few of them just stop breathing and die."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F4 in Aquatica housing
Film Type: Fujichrome 100F
Lens: 20mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/25 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Ambient light
Special Equipment or Comments: Snorkel gear



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