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Photo by @brianskerry
a young harbor seal plays in kelp forest near the surface at cortes banks, a range of underwater mountains located 100-miles off the coast of san diego, ca. this location, well known for stormy weather and giant waves, is a hotspot of biodiversity with an abundance of marine life found there. places like this are oases of life in the sea, where each animal plays a role. yet such places could easily be destroyed by a single fishing trawl net being dragged through it or by undersea drilling and few would ever know it existed.
naturalist john muir once said, "“when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” and throughout my career of exploring our planet and especially the oceans i have found this to be true - everything is connected and every creature matters. i believe we must see ourselves not apart or above nature, but very much connected to it.
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