Novice and veteran divers travel the world to explore the undersea world. L.A. Times staff photographer Rick Loomis chronicles what lurks below the surface — from the Palmyra Atoll south of the Hawaiian Islands to Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Florida keys. For more photo galleries, visit our photography page.
Florida Keys: Algae coat a bronze sculpture called Christ of the Abyss.
Palmyra Atoll, Pacific: A red snapper, one of the top predators in the reefs of this area.
Palmyra Atoll, Pacific: A researcher counts fish near a coral reef.
Palmyra Atoll, Pacific: An arceye hawkfish seeks protection in a pocillopora coral.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Blue-striped snapper school above staghorn coral.
Palmyra Atoll, Pacific: Corals and reef fish in the waters roughly between Hawaii and American Samoa.
Australia: A school of cardinalfish.
Crystal River, western Florida: A manatee and calf.
Palmyra Atoll, Pacific: A blacktip reef shark in the waters off the atoll.
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