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The Remarkable World of Ocean Wildlife, as Seen Through the Eyes of a Marine Life Photographer

Oceans cover approximately 72% of the planet’s surface. Fittingly, from the smallest microbes to the world’s largest animal, the oceans hold a wealth of biodiversity.

Thomas Peschak, a marine life photographer and contributing photographer to National Geographic, captures images of the amazing life thriving in the ocean. At age 39, he spends 300 days a year in the field, traveling worldwide on assignment. Named one of the world’s 40 most influential nature photographers in the world, Peschak was originally a marine biologist who turned to environmental photojournalism to have a great impact.

Amazingly, Peschak takes more than half of his photographs while holding his breath sans scuba or snorkeling gear. Although he takes photographs for National Geographic, Peschak also shares much of his work via Instagram. The photos, which are captivating and often unbelievable, draw you into the impressive and spectacular life of our oceans.

Peschak puts himself in dangerous and unpredictable situations involving close encounters with wildlife, but he explains to Instagram the biggest risk in his work:

The greatest risks that I face come from traveling to somewhat volatile regions and airplanes seemingly held together by rubber bands and superglue. Sharks are comparatively safe.

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