Endangered Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
Photojournalist Brian Skerry has taken photos for National Geographic for the past 14 years and counting. His photographs are the focus of a new exhibit scheduled for early next year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. One of these photos will be selected as the visitors' choice for the exhibit. Vote early and often, as the polling closes on November 4.
Skerry photographed this school of endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. The species is caught in the wild and fattened in pens for harvest—usually with unsustainable methods.
“Bluefin tuna are easily one of the most magnificent animals on the planet,” Skerry says. “They grow their whole lives. But we’ve gotten more efficient at killing and harvesting them. Stocks are down an excess of 90 percent from where they were 20-30 years ago.”
Vote for this photo to appear in the Natural History Museum’s Portraits of Planet Ocean exhibit, set to open in February 2013!