|Atlantic bluefin tuna | Photo: Brian Skerry via National Geographic Proof|
Brian's photographs illustrate this month's National Geographic cover story about bluefin tuna. On National Geographic's Proof blog, he shared a bit about the experience of photographing these massive fish.
To be underwater with a bluefin tuna is to witness the divine sense of nature. They are true thoroughbreds of the sea, with few if any equals. This is an animal that swims across entire oceans in the course of each year and is capable of generating heat that allows it to travel practically from the equator to the poles. With a hydrodynamic design that has been studied by naval engineers, they swim faster than a torpedo and possess physical endurance that we can hardly fathom. It is a warm-blooded fish that continues to grow its entire life—a 30-year-old bluefin can weigh more than a ton—though as far as we know, none reach that age these days due to overwhelming fishing pressure.
— Brian Skerry, Proof, National Geographic blog
|Myrtle the green sea turtle inside the Giant Ocean Tank | Photo: Brian Skerry|
- Read Brian's op-ed piece in the Boston Globe about sharks
- See his stunning penguin pictures from his 2010 expedition to Antarctica
- Head to the depths of Costa Rica to explore seamounts in a submersible
- Slosh through murky mangroves in pursuit of juvenile lemon sharks
- Understand the beauty of whale sharks in the wild
- Swim in clear water with the mighty mako shark
- Respect the power and adaptations of great hammerhead sharks
- And hear Brian speak during an Aquarium Lecture about his beautiful book Ocean Soul
Switching gears, don't miss a discussion about tuna in another part of the world—the Phoenix Island Protected Area—on the PIPA blog.