Open Wide ~ Manta being cleaned by Karen Willshaw

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Manta being cleaned by several wrasse. Cocos (Keeling) Islands

D300 | 10-17 | ISO 160 | f10 | 1/320

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I’m one lucky lady who lives on a remote tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the surrounding beauty above and below, I took up photography as a hobby several years go. This has now turned out to be an all consuming passion, driven by the desire to promote the Cocos (Keeling) Islands the only way I know, through my eyes and lens.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 2 years ago

    How did you get this shot? Were you scuba diving? Totally amazing

  • Hi Sandra. There is a “special” manta cleaning station that we dive regularly. On this particular occasion we had five mantas coming in and out. This lady wasn’t at all fussed with me being so close. It was a very special moment in my life.

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 2 years ago

    Holy Cow, what a shot!

  • Thank you Loree.

    – Karen Willshaw

  • JohnCR
    JohnCRover 2 years ago

    Awesome shot Karen – makes me want to go back there now

  • Thank you John :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS, this work is amazing… well done…

  • Thank you so much for the feature. I am really chuffed and honoured. :) :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    You are most welcome

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    absolutely stunning!

  • :) Thank you so much :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/02/06 1 × 24hrs

  • Thank you :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 1 year ago

    APRIL 10th, 2013
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  • Thank you so much Mary, for choosing this image as a feature. WOW!!

    – Karen Willshaw

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