Italian diver Cristina Zenato holds a 10-foot shark in her hands in the tropical waters of the Caribbean. She is able to handle the sharks by rubbing hundreds of jelly-filled pores around the animal’s nose and mouth, an action that brings on a natural paralysis that can last for up to 15 minutes. In that amount of time, Zenato, who has been doing this work for 15 years, is able to tend to injured sharks, remove parasites and teach other divers.
In 2008, amateur photographer Sandra Critelli captured these stunning images of a mass migration of golden Cownose Rays while looking for whale sharks off the coast of Mexico. She said, “It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.” The photo brings to mind M.C. Escher's tessellations. via Bruce Zurakowski