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    Posted May 31, 2014 by
    benignor
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    San Miguel de Cozumel, Mexico
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wildlife photography

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     benignor has been fascinated with marine life since he was a child, but he first thought underwater photography to be especially daunting. 'What I found most challenging in the beginning was the concept that underwater, you have to think about how to handle the medium through which you are shooting,’ he said. Recently he started to understand how to photograph through water, which he says requires a special treatment, and also how to feature the creatures living in the water as well. 'The biggest highlight to me is that making the jump into underwater photography has opened up a new way of communing with wildlife in their environment, because I have become more attuned to their behavior and their perception of the surroundings,’ he said.
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    I came across this pair of nurse shark resting in the open without a care in the world. They do have a deserved reputation for being docile and approachable, but at the same time, perhaps due to the large number of interactions with humans, there have been about 30 instances of human attacks, some resulting in significant injury. Nurse sharks essentially siphon food into their mouths with a powerful suctioning action that, combined with the tiny but sharp multiple rows of teeth in the mouth can results in significant injuries when the inhaled material happens to be the arm of a "too friendly" diver. They sure are gracile and elegant creatures.
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