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Tom Shlesinger

Tom Shlesinger
Tom Shlesinger (Israel)
I grew up on the shores of the Red Sea, in Israel, where I did my first dive in 1988 at the age of six. Since then, I have been fascinated with the diversity of life forms in the sea and their function, behavior, colors, shapes, and patterns. Today, I am a marine ecologist (PhD), underwater photographer, and a naturalist. Most of my photographic and scientific journeys are intertwined. I focus on discovering unique moments of rare or unknown behavioral and reproductive phenomena of corals and other coral-reef dwellers. In most parts of my work, I bring into the spotlight the backbone of the underwater tropical world: stony corals. They are the engineers, architects, and the artists that build and maintain the complex reef structures and breathe life into them. With my photography, I tell some of their stories and expose their incredible beauty while raising awareness to the threats they are facing.
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