By Jennifer Idol

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As I flew over the Gulf of Mexico on a return trip from Tobago, the pilot made an announcement. We were flying over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. I sat on the right side of the plane in a window seat and pressed my face against the window. As I looked down, I saw an array of oil tankers surrounding water that flamed as they desperately tried to contain the spillage. I did not take a photo. Instead, I burned the image into my mind.

The moment the sight receded into the distance, I deeply regretted freezing in my seat and gazing downward without capturing the scene. This spill took place in my backyard. As a Texan with nearly 20 years of diving experience, I knew our underwater environment would be immensely impacted.

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SEADUCTION - The Sensuous Side of the Sea is a stunning collection of photographs that captures the abstract side of sea life, which explodes with color, texture, and visual excitement. Photographed by world-renowned underwater photographer Beverly Factor, the images are so otherworldly that they capture one’s attention immediately. Nature’s complexity is front and center in these incredible images of various underwater creatures that invite multiple viewings and interpretations. Called the Georgia O’Keefe of the underwater realm, Beverly’s seductive images portray the ocean’s magical world in intimate close-us, featuring outrageous color combinations, mysterious patterns, textures, and sensual movements.

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