male epaulette shark, Hemiscyllium ocellatum, attempts to mate with female, grasping her pectoral fin in his mouth (right) and wrapping his body around hers; male claspers point upward at center; Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia (do)


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Image ID: 0030840-DPE

male epaulette shark, Hemiscyllium ocellatum, attempts to mate with female, grasping her pectoral fin in his mouth (right) and wrapping his body around hers; male claspers point upward at center; Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia (do)
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Doug Perrine

Image dimensions: 3600x4500