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This is a shot of Kicker Rock off the coast of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. The picture was taken late in the afternoon when the sun was just low enough to start giving the clounds a purple hue. We were on our way out to dive between the rocks where hundreds of sharks hang out. They go there to rest. Most sharks need to swim in order to breathe (the water rushing past their gills brings the oxygen). At kicker rock, the current is so fast that the sharks can stop swimming and still have the water rush past them. We saw dozens of sharks swimming just feet from us (including some scary hammerhead sharks). It was quite the experience.

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