In China, Xi Shun, the world's tallest living man, reaches down into the stomach of a dolphin to remove unknown objects.
In Italy a diver gives the finishing touches to an underwater nativity scene set up into the shark tank of the aquarium of Cattolica, Italy. Photo: AP
In Tokyo, Japan, a Sunshine International Aquarium staff member dressed in Santa Claus costume embraces a large moray eel.
Marilyn Marx's view of the water is spectacular. From her second-story home office window, the world renowned whale researcher can look up from her computer to watch the gulls and cormorants as they dive for fish, or lose her thoughts in the trawlers and cargo ships as they cruise in and out of port. The only thing that makes this scene at all peculiar is that the body of water that Marx is looking at isn't the Atlantic but Lake Michigan. And her home: Milwaukee. For more than two decades, Marx has been observing and photographing the endangered North Atlantic right whale. A researcher for the New England Aquarium in Boston, she is one of only a handful of people who can recognize and identify the 350 or so right whales of the North Atlantic. And she does it from her Wisconsin home, where she inspects hundreds of photographs of right whales. Using a digital database, called DIGITS, created by her Aquarium colleague Philip Hamilton, she then compares these photos with the catalogued photographs of the known living right whales. Like an FBI fingerprint catalog, DIGITS uses unique physical data from whales to allow researchers to home in on an identification. Click here to read the whole story.
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