Wild Watermelon

April 1, 2021

Carmel, California

A pelagic watermelon (Citrullus lanatus pelagicus) rests in the kelp forest canopy during its spring migration across the Pacific coast. Adapted to a harsh life on the open ocean, it uses its porous body to buoy on the surface, harnessing wind power to ride the waves towards its spawning grounds.

This watermelon was initially quite shy, hiding in the safety of the kelp blades as it peeked out to watch me. I was careful not to startle it with any sudden movements as I photographed it from an adjacent algal patch. With some patience I eventually gained its trust, and captured this moment as it emerged to investigate its reflection in the dome port.

...April Fools.

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