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Steep and Deep
Photograph by Brian Skerry

With flippers spread gracefully, a female about five years old performs a nosedive below the ice. Harp seals are strong swimmers, able to reach depths of almost a thousand feet (300 meters) and, if needed, to hold their breath for 15 minutes or more. Their eyes are well adapted to seeing through the shadowy waters, where they feed on krill-like invertebrates and fish including capelin, sand lance, and arctic cod.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Kodachrome 64
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Underwater
Time of Day: 2 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Two wide-angle strobes on half power


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