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‘Explosive Sex’ Image Wins Wildlife Photo Contest

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  • Jonathan amos
  • BBC Science Journalist

Looks like an underwater explosion. Various fish (Epinephelus polyphekadion) rush to release their sperm as a female releases an explosion of eggs.

This image taken on the Fakarava Atoll in the Pacific earned Frenchman Laurent Ballesta the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY).

Jury president Roz Kidman Cox said it was a technical feat.

“It’s part of the setting, (the image was) taken during a full moon, but also the timing, knowing when to take the picture.”

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