Local marine life in spotlight for National Geographic

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By: Erin Lisch
October 11, 2016

PANACEA, Fla. (WCTV) -- Marine life in Panacea is getting some time in the spotlight, thanks to one famous photographer.

Visitors at the Gulf Specimen Lab & Aquarium have left for the day, but one remains --Photographer Joel Sartore.

Getting the perfect shots against simplistic backgrounds, highlighting sealife, all for National Geographic’s Photo Ark.

A photographer for National Geographic, Joel Sartore is also the creator of Photo Ark.

"The point of the Photo Ark is you get people to care about the other species we share the planet and be inquisitive and want to learn about them and want to learn how we can save animals," Sartore says.

Aquarium president Jack Rudloe commends Sartore on this movement, "Photo Ark, Noah's Ark, it's all the thing. We are all trying to save the planet and keep it from being killed by ourselves."

They're also honored to be a part of Photo Ark.

"It's really great that he's come down here and this is his third year coming because there is so much stuff," said Rudloe.

For Sartore, this aquarium is unlike any other, "This is the best place for sure, and I've been to 300 different places for this project."

Sartore says he will continue to come back to take photos of these animals, "Every time I come here, I get dozens of new species to tell the world about how amazing is in the Gulf of Mexico."

Telling the story of these species all through a quick flash, and capturing the treasures of the Gulf.

You can see further explanations of Photo Ark here.

You can also click here to see pictures from Photo Ark.

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