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14 of 36Attribution: Laurent Ballesta, France / NHM
‘Creation’. Winner – Underwater.
A trio of camouflage groupers leaves a milky cloud of eggs and sperm. For five years, Laurent Ballesta and his team returned to this lagoon, diving day and night to see the annual spawning of camouflage groupers. Spawning happens around the full moon in July, when up to 20,000 fish gather in Fakarava in a narrow, southern channel linking the lagoon with the ocean.