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Photo of the Week

Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

Left for Dead
Peri Paleracio/Marine Photobank
Peri Paleracio/Marine Photobank

This photo of a woman in the Philippines mourning the death of a whale shark received the Most Compelling Image prize for SeaWeb's Marine Photobank and Project AWARE Foundation third annual Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest. The shark was found floating in a nearby dive site after poachers cut off its fins and left it to struggle and die. Residents, with the help of local government, pulled its body to shore for burial. “I am sad that this image was ever taken. But I am glad that I was there to take the shot,” said the photographer, Peri Paleracio.

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