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Winners Photography Awards 2011

Mudskipper by Saurabh Desai

Special Mention: SAURABH DESAI – ‘Skipping Mudskipper’

This intriguing image of a mudskipper was shot off the Suwali coast in Surat, Gujarat. What we see here is typical behaviour, which unfolds in microseconds, but was frozen in time by the photographer. These fish are capable of ‘walking on land’ and breathe through their skins and by tanking up water in their cheeks from which oxygen is extracted. Tidal pools thus offer them both food and shelter until the next tide comes in.

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