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Artist wants these stunning B&W snaps to help save our endangered ocean-life

Armed with a camera and some scuba gear, Anuar Patjane Floriuk has taken some of the most breathtaking photos of sea life you could ever hope to see.

However, rather than simply providing a glimpse into the stunning beauty that’s just below the surface, this Mexican artist wants his ‘Underwater Realm’ series of photographs to draw attention to the fact our oceans are in grave peril – and that’s largely down to human interference.

As Patjane says in a description of the series, “With the ‘Underwater’ series, I try to drive our attention towards the beauty of our oceans and a truth usually unnoticed: we are brutally overfishing in our oceans, and our attention should be concentrated on the way we fish as well as what we eat from the ocean.”

Deus X machina, at Cabo Pulmo, Mexico.

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It’s an issue the anthropologist says governments and NGOs are not paying enough attention to.

He believes that part of the problem is simply that it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.

“We see and care when a forest is gone because it is visible to everybody, but we don’t see when we destroy life underwater, we don’t see how nets from the tuna, the shrimp industry and the whaling vessels cause damage and death to the sea,” he writes.

“We are not familiar with this environment because we don´t see what we destroy, and this needs to change very quickly so we can reverse this course.”

Whale shark affection at Derawan islands, Borneo

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So he has created this series to draw attention to the precious life that is in serious danger under the waves.

And when you see his stunning pics of a humpback whale teaching her new-born calf how to swim and float in the seas near Mexico, or dappled light shimmering off the back of a juvenile great white shark, it should surely dawn on you that we need to do all we can to protect our underwater companions.

Emerge #humpbackwhale #mexico #rocapartida #revillagigedo

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“By sharing the beauty of our oceans we might start to care more and build or strengthen the connection between us and the sea,” Patjane writes.

Whale shark in the Derawan islands (Borneo)

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#greatwhite #shark #camouflage taken near #guadalupe island in #mexico

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