Drawn and quartered
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Scraps of grouper flesh fall from the jaws of two grey reef sharks as they tear the fish apart.

The sharks of Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia, hunt in packs, but do not share their prey. A single shark is too clumsy to catch even a drowsy grouper. After hunting together to roust the grouper from its hiding place in the reef, the sharks encircle it, but then compete for the spoils – only a few sharks will have a part of the catch and most of them will remain unfed for several nights.

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    Laurent Ballesta

    France

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    • Nikon D4
    • 17–35mm f2.8 lens
    • 1/200 sec at f8  •   ISO 1600
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