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Close Encounters
Photograph by Brian Skerry

Aquarius has gone native since its installation on Conch Reef in the Florida Keys in 1993. Coral and sponges cover much of its legs and hull, and schools of fish treat it like a section of the reef itself. Seeing the daily parade of neighborhood residents—like this column of schoolmaster snappers—gives the aquanauts a constant education in what creatures live here and how each plays a part in the ecosystem.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 18mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: 2 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Two wide-angle strobes
Special Comments: Subal underwater housing



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