This photo was taken on the remote Nikumaroro Island in the Phoenix Islands. Up until a few years ago, it was the world’s largest marine protected area. Skerry took the shot of this school of yellowfin surgeonfish feeding on a shallow reef a few feet below the surface at sunset.
“I like to work on tropic coral reefs at dusk because I can get the real colors of the animals," Skerry says. “During the day, it’s too bright and it’s very hard to do.”
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