Ethan Daniels

Ethan Daniels

Ethan Daniels is a nature photographer and biologist who focuses on aquatic and aerial subjects around the world.
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Forests of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, commonly grow in the cold waters along the coast of California. This marine algae reaches over 100 feet in height and provides habitat for many species.
Salt marshes and estuaries are found throughout Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They provide calm nesting, feeding and breeding habitat for a variety of birds, fish, and marine invertebrates.
Forests of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, commonly grow in the cold waters along the coast of California. This marine algae reaches over 100 feet in height and provides habitat for many species.
Silhouetted giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, grows in the cold eastern Pacific waters that flow along the California coast. Kelp forests support a surprising and diverse array of marine biodiversity.
A forest of Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, grows in the cold eastern Pacific waters that flow along the California coast. Kelp forests support a surprising and diverse array of marine biodiversity.
Salt marshes and estuaries are found throughout Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They provide calm nesting, feeding and breeding habitat for a variety of birds, fish, and marine invertebrates.
The beautiful Feather River flows through a scenic canyon in Northern California' Sierra Nevada Mountains. This beautiful flow of water is the principal tributary to the Sacramento River.
A large school of Bigeye jacks, Caranx sexfasciatus, swims in the tropical blue waters of Palau. This tropical island-nation is home to extraordinary marine biodiversity.
Narrow channels meander through a salt marsh in Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Marshes are wetlands that serve as nurseries and feeding grounds for fish, invertebrates, and many bird species.
A lonely road winds through a forest of Redwood trees in Mendocino, California. Redwoods are among the most massive trees that have evolved on planet Earth.
Meandering channels run through a beautiful estuary in Central California. Estuaries form when freshwater runoff meets and mixes with saltwater from the ocean. Lots of wildlife rely on estuaries.
A heart-shaped lagoon is found amid remote limestone islands in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This amazing area is known for its spectacular marine biodiversity.
A brand new planned community is being constructed near Las Vegas, Nevada. This area is growing in population and housing continues to expand.
A healthy coral reef grows in the shallows of Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia. This remote, tropical area is part of the Coral Triangle, known for its incredibly high marine biodiversity.
Early morning sunlight illuminates a beautiful mountain landscape that rises from the desert surrounding Las Vegas, Nevada. This desert area averages over 95 degrees F during summer months.
Waves from the Pacific Ocean wash onto an empty beach and sand dunes in Morro Bay, California. This coastal part of Central California is known for its beautiful natural scenery.
Detail of a Cup coral polyp, Tubastrea coccinea, growing on a coral reef in Indonesia. These beautiful corals are native to the tropical Pacific but are now found in the Caribbean Sea as well.
A colorful Bigfin reef squid hovers mid-water at night in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This remote area is known as the heart of the Coral Triangle due to its high marine biodiversity.
Clouds of colorful reef fish swarm above a vibrant coral reef slope in Alor, Indonesia. This remote, tropical region is home to a spectacular array of marine biodiversity.
A sleek Blue shark, Prionace glauca, cruises through the shallow, sunlit waters of the Atlantic Ocean, not far from the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Blue sharks are found worldwide.
A California Spiny lobster, Panulirus interruptus, is caught in a lobster trap off the coast of southern California. Most lobsters caught in California are shipped to China where demand is high.
Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) grows in a thick, submerged forest near the Channel Islands in California. This area is part of a National Park and is teeming with thousands of marine species.
A chaotic tangle of lily pads grows wild in a shallow pond on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ponds and lakes cover about 2% of the planet's surface but contain most of the world's freshwater.
A huge discarded fishing net has become entangled in a shallow coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Ghost nets such as this reek much environmental damage, continuing to kill fish and corals.
Discarded plastic has washed up near a remote island in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Plastic is an ever-growing danger to marine ecosystems throughout the world.
Water lilies grow on the edge of a freshwater lake in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. These aquatic plants provide habitat for many species and thrive during the summer in shallow temperate habitats.
A diseased coral colony is found on a healthy coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Diseases are common on reefs and this equatorial region is possibly the center for marine biodiversity.
A Mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, crawls across the black sand seafloor of Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. This rare cephalopod can mimic the behavior and shape of other marine creatures.
Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, grows in the cold eastern Pacific waters that flow along the California coast. Kelp forests support a surprising and diverse array of marine biodiversity.
A colorful West Indian sea star lies on a shallow, sandy seafloor off the coast of Belize. This area is home to the Mesoamerican Reef System, the second largest barrier reef in the world.
The amazing limestone islands of Wayag stretch across the vast blue Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. These islands are fringed by beautiful and healthy coral reefs.
Specialized prop roots rise from the seafloor in a mangrove forest near Flores, Indonesia. This tropical region, in the Coral Triangle, harbors extraordinary marine biodiversity.
A beautiful coral reef grows along the edge of a blue water mangrove forest Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This biodiverse region is known as the "heart of the Coral Triangle" due to its amazing marine life.
The cold water of the Atlantic Ocean washes onto the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This scenic peninsula is a popular summer vacation destination in New England.
Pearl oysters hang below a pier in Alyui Bay, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Profitable pearl farms are quite common in this remote region.
Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) grows in a thick, underwater forest near the Channel Islands in California. This area is part of a National Park and is teeming with thousands of marine species.
Forests of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, commonly grow in the cold waters along the coast of California. This marine algae reaches over 100 feet in height and provides habitat for many species.
Colorful invertebrates grow on mangrove prop roots in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.This remote, tropical region within the Coral Triangle is known for its spectacular collection of marine life.
Detail of an Galaxy coral, Galaxea fascicularis, growing on a coral reef in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This is one of hundreds of reef-building coral species found in the Indo-Pacific region.
Sunlight illuminates the endless forest found in Humboldt in Northern California, where some of the world's largest old-growth Redwood trees thrive. Massive Redwood trees can live over 2,000 years.
The Pacific Ocean crashes against the rugged and scenic seashore of Northern California. This region, north of San Francisco, is known for its amazing coastal landscapes that extend to Oregon.
Blades of seagrass grow in shallow water in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Seagrass meadows are ecologically important habitats, used as nurseries and as a food source.
Chocolate chip sea stars live in a shallow seagrass meadow in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This tropical area between Flores and Sumbawa harbors an amazing variety of marine life.
The scenic Feather River flows through a canyon in Northern California' Sierra Nevada Mountains. This beautiful flow of water is the principal tributary to the Sacramento River.
A scenic road winds through coastal Redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens, in a healthy forest in Mendocino, California. Redwood trees only grow in a very specific climate range.
Reef-building coral grows on a healthy reef in Papua New Guinea. This tropical region is known for its spectacular marine biodiversity and is part of the Coral Triangle.
A huge Pacific sea nettle, Chrysaora fuscescens, cruises near a kelp forest along the California coast. Kelp forests support a surprising and diverse array of marine biodiversity.
Giant kelp grows in a thick underwater forest near the Channel Islands in California. Kelp provides an important habitat for many fish and invertebrates and can grow quickly in the right conditions.
A healthy, biodiverse coral reef grows in the shallows of Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This beautiful region harbors an extraordinary amount of marine biodiversity.
Damselfish swim in shallow water in Palau's inner lagoon. Palau is known for its beautiful rock islands, prolific marine life, and world class scuba diving and snorkeling.
The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean bathe a scenic beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This beautiful area of New England, not too far from Boston, is a popular summer vacation destination.
Dramatic limestone islands rise from the beautiful seascape in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This remote region is known as the heart of the Coral Triangle due to its high marine biodiversity.
An array of fragile corals grow in extremely shallow and calm water in Fiji. It is rare to find such delicate coral colonies thriving in such shallow water.
A coral colony is succumbing to disease on a reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This tropical region is likely the center for marine biodiversity and is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers.
The Pacific Ocean washes against the rocky seashore of Central California in Morro Bay. This beautiful coastal region is known for its beaches and scenic landscapes.
A beautiful and vibrant coral reef thrives near Alor, Indonesia. This remote, tropical region, within the Coral Triangle, harbors extraordinary marine biodiversity.
Forests of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, commonly grow in the cold waters along the coast of California. This marine algae reaches over 100 feet in height and provides habitat for many species.
Colorful Chocolate chip starfish live in a seagrass meadow in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This tropical region is extremely biodiverse and is a popular destination for snorkelers and divers.
Forests of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, commonly grow in the cold waters along the coast of California. This marine algae reaches over 100 feet in height and provides habitat for many species.
Narrow channels meander through a beautiful estuary in Central California. Estuaries form when freshwater runoff meets and mixes with saltwater from the ocean. Lots of wildlife rely on estuaries.
California native oak trees grow in the valleys between rolling hills in the East Bay, not far east of San Francisco Bay. This warm region harbors fruitful wineries and is known for its scenic hills.
The cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean bathe a scenic beach in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This beautiful area of New England, not too far from Boston, is a popular summer vacation destination.
A Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, raises its tail to dive into the north Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Humpbacks feed in this fish and plankton-rich area much of the year.
A Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) raises its powerful tail over the Atlantic Ocean. Many Atlantic Humpbacks feed in the nutrient-rich waters off New England and Newfoundland.
Seen from a bird's eye view, the Pacific Ocean washes against the rocky coast of Northern California in Sonoma. This scenic area runs parallel to the famed Pacific Coast Highway.
Golden sunlight shines on the dramatic coastline of Northern California in Sonoma County. This west coast region, just north of San Francisco, is full of wild, natural beauty.
Seen from the air, a fishing village is built over reefs in the Molucca Sea of Indonesia. This beautiful region is thought to be amid the world's epicenter of marine biodiversity.
A circular rock labyrinth is found on the edge of the Pacific Ocean just north of San Francisco, California. Labyrinths symbolize the journey through life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.
Detail of the bulbed tentacles on an anemone, Entacmaea quadricolor, on a reef in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. This colorful anemone is often host to anemonefish.
A diver explores the cracks, crevices and holes in a coral reef on the island of Grand Cayman. Many reef species, such as silversides, prefer the shadowed protection of these dark areas.
A circular rock labyrinth is found on the edge of the Pacific Ocean just north of San Francisco, California. Labyrinths symbolize the journey through life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.
A Snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, crawls through the underwater murk of a pond on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) grows in a dark, submerged forest near the Channel Islands in California. This area is part of a National Park and is teeming with thousands of marine species.
A pair of Atlantic horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, mate on the shallow seafloor of a bay on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This widespread species is more closely related to spiders than to crabs.
Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) grows in a beautiful underwater forest near the Channel Islands in California. This area is part of a National Park and is teeming with thousands of marine species.
Clouds drift above the bucolic hillside scenery in the East Bay of Northern California. This beautiful region is green in the winter and golden in the summer due to seasonal rainfall patterns.
A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) swims through the open ocean searching for plankton. This endangered species originated about 60 million years ago and is the world's largest extant fish.
Vibrant fish swarm above a colorful, healthy coral reef in Fiji. This South Pacific island group is a favorite destination for scuba divers, snorkelers, and adventure-seekers.
Sunlight falls on the endless forest found in Humboldt in Northern California, where some of the world's largest old-growth Redwood trees thrive. Massive Redwood trees can live over 2,000 years.
A colorful coral reef thrives in shallow water in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This tropical region is likely the center for marine biodiversity and is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers.
A Peacock mantis shrimp is found on a coral reef in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This area harbors extraordinary marine biodiversity and is a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers.
A Tasseled wobbegong, Eucrossorhinus dasypogon, lies on a reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This tropical region is known as the heart of the Coral Triangle due to its incredible marine biodiversity.
Vibrant reef fish feed on plankton above a coral reef in Indonesia. This area harbors extraordinary marine biodiversity and is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers.
A Bristle worm, Chloe fusca, crawls across a black sand slope in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This tropical area within the Coral Triangle is known to harbor extraordinary marine biodiversity.
A Broadclub cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus, lays eggs in a coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Cuttlefish have the ability to change their color to communicate or to camouflage themselves.
Mother and calf Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, swim in the blue, sunlit waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Atlantic Humpback population migrates to the Caribbean to breed and give birth.
Off North Sulawesi, Indonesia, a plethora of small, colorful fish (Pseudanthias sp.) swim in a current passing over a coral reef.  The fish are catching tiny zooplankton that ride the ocean current.
A Shortfin lionfish, Dendrochirus brachypterus, hunts for small prey on the seafloor in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This tropical area is known for its high marine biodiversity.
A school of silversides swims over a coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This tropical region is likely the center for marine biodiversity and is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers.
Clouds drift above the bucolic hillside scenery in the East Bay of Northern California. This beautiful region is green in the winter and golden in the summer due to seasonal rainfall patterns.
A young Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) swims at the surface of the Caribbean Sea, near where it was born. The calf will soon migrate north with its mother to feeding grounds off New England.
A common, large sea cucumber (Bohadschia argus) is easy to identify due to its distinctive pattern. This species can extrude sticky defensive threads called cuverian tubules.
The San Pablo and Briones reservoirs, east of Berkeley and Oakland, are part of a complex network of watersheds that supply water to the East Bay. This area is popular for hiking and fishing.
A sea cucumber, Bohadschia argus, on a reef in Papua New Guinea emits sticky cavierian tubules when disturbed.
Prop roots descend to the seafloor in the shadows of a blue water mangrove forest in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Mangrove habitat provides vital nurseries for many reef fish and invertebrates.
Rain clouds drift over the scenic coastline of Flores, Indonesia. This large island is surrounded by coral reefs but is now known as the home of Homo floresiensis, the hobbit.
A Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, slams its massive fluke down on the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
A Blue ring octopus, Hapalochlaena lunulata, crawls over a coral reef in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. This cephalopod is the most venomous invertebrate species on Earth.
A pair of Atlantic horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, mate on the shallow seafloor of a bay on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This widespread species is more closely related to spiders than to crabs.
A beautiful coral reef, dominated by gorgonians, grows on the Mesoamerican barrier reef off the coast of Belize. This part of the Caribbean Sea harbors hundreds of fish species and dozens of corals.
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