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Fred Bavendam is an American with a passion for marine animals and photography. After growing up in Ohio, he attended the University of New Hampshire from which he graduated with majors in art and zoology. He spent the next few years working as a commercial photographer. At the age of 28, Fred took an introductory scuba course and began diving and taking underwater pictures as a hobby. Over time, the hobby became an obsession until he abandoned commercial photography to devote all his efforts to underwater photography in 1985.

Fred's goal, as he takes each picture, is to capture the essence that makes each animal a unique being and the behaviors that allow it to survive in a hungry ocean. He likes nothing more than to take a diver (or even several divers) along with him to follow, observe and photograph a single animal. As a result, his pictures are highly sought after and have been published in many of the world's top magazines.

Fred's definitive photo essays about manatees, the giant octopus, crinoids and frogfishes were each published in National Geographic, Geo Germany and Geo France. Additional stories on cuttlefish, nudibranchs, sea stars, monkfish and marine animal behavior have appeared in many other magazines such as Figaro, Terre Sauvage, Airone, International Wildlife, Smithsonian, Newton and Quark. He has also won several BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contests.
Eyepatch Butterflyfish (Chaetodon adiergastos) school, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00531496 Eyepatch Butterflyfish (Chaetodon adiergastos) school, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Collared Butterflyfish (Chaetodon collare) against sea fan, Andaman Sea, Thailand  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437659 Collared Butterflyfish (Chaetodon collare) against sea fan, Andaman Sea, Thailand© Fred Bavendam
Dusky Batfish (Platax pinnatus) trio on reef, Gili Islands, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437691 Dusky Batfish (Platax pinnatus) trio on reef, Gili Islands, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio) camouflaged amongst Sargassum weed, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154110 Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio) camouflaged amongst Sargassum weed, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Orange-fin Anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus) pair watching over eggs laid at base of sea anemone, Fiji  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437700 Orange-fin Anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus) pair watching over eggs laid at base of sea anemone, Fiji© Fred Bavendam
Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), York, Maine  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437718 Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), York, Maine© Fred Bavendam
Black-spot Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bariene) resting on the reef at night, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437742 Black-spot Surgeonfish (Acanthurus bariene) resting on the reef at night, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias), Neptune Islands, South Australia, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00531512 Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias), Neptune Islands, South Australia, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Gulf Catshark (Asymbolus vincenti), South Australia, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00538609 Gulf Catshark (Asymbolus vincenti), South Australia, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Manta Ray (Manta birostris) with attached White Suckerfish (Remora albescens), Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea  -  Fred Bavendam
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00538656 Manta Ray (Manta birostris) with attached White Suckerfish (Remora albescens), Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea© Fred Bavendam
Cowry living on Sea Fan (Solenocaulon sp), Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150167 Cowry living on Sea Fan (Solenocaulon sp), Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Stony Coral (Acropora sp) colony releasing egg-sperm bundles during the annual mass coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150201 Stony Coral (Acropora sp) colony releasing egg-sperm bundles during the annual mass coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150726 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) ejects a mass of long white sticky cuvierian tubules as a defense when disturbed, Manado, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151878 Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) ejects a mass of long white sticky cuvierian tubules as a defense when disturbed, Manado, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) hatchling swimming past the egg of an unhatched sibling after an incubation of about four months, southern Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153213 Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) hatchling swimming past the egg of an unhatched sibling after an incubation of about four months, southern Australia© Fred Bavendam
Striped Catfish (Plotosus lineatus) form amazingly dense schools for protection from predators, Forster-Tuncurry, New South Wales, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153881 Striped Catfish (Plotosus lineatus) form amazingly dense schools for protection from predators, Forster-Tuncurry, New South Wales, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) swimming, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154134 Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) swimming, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Fred Bavendam
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) close-up portrait Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Ecuador  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154155 Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) close-up portrait Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Ecuador© Fred Bavendam
Eastern Pomfred (Schuettea scalaripinnis) school swimming, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154956 Eastern Pomfred (Schuettea scalaripinnis) school swimming, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus), Tonga  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437708 Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon aureus), Tonga© Fred Bavendam
Indian Ocean Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus) in defensive posture, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00531494 Indian Ocean Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus) in defensive posture, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
White-tipped Soldierfish (Myripristis vittata) group, Nusa Penida, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154948 White-tipped Soldierfish (Myripristis vittata) group, Nusa Penida, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) nestled among the tentacles of its Sea Anemone host, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151162 Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) nestled among the tentacles of its Sea Anemone host, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Sunset with hard corals and small reef fish just beneath the water's surface at Bunaken Island, Manado Tua Marine National Park, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150001 Sunset with hard corals and small reef fish just beneath the water's surface at Bunaken Island, Manado Tua Marine National Park, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Butterfly Perch (Caesioperca lepidoptera) swarming around two Sponges riddled with Golden Zoanthids, Tasman Peninsula, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150182 Butterfly Perch (Caesioperca lepidoptera) swarming around two Sponges riddled with Golden Zoanthids, Tasman Peninsula, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Spotfin Jawfish (Opistognathus sp) male protectively incubating a clutch of eggs in his mouth, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151234 Spotfin Jawfish (Opistognathus sp) male protectively incubating a clutch of eggs in his mouth, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151495 Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) female, spawning, standing on her tiptoes while releasing a thin stream of eggs into the ocean, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151816 Sunflower Sea Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) female, spawning, standing on her tiptoes while releasing a thin stream of eggs into the ocean, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) and Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) group, Channel Islands, California  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151848 Purple Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) and Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) group, Channel Islands, California© Fred Bavendam
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) eating at surface, Monterey, California  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151993 Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) eating at surface, Monterey, California© Fred Bavendam
Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus Acuminatus) pair swimming together, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154957 Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus Acuminatus) pair swimming together, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon Aureus) in front of Soft Coral (Ctenocella sp), Figi  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154963 Golden Damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon Aureus) in front of Soft Coral (Ctenocella sp), Figi© Fred Bavendam
Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus orientalis) group, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437650 Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus orientalis) group, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Doughboy Scallop (Chlamys asperrima) with its blue eyes and its shells covered with orange encrusting sponge, Edithburgh, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00152216 Doughboy Scallop (Chlamys asperrima) with its blue eyes and its shells covered with orange encrusting sponge, Edithburgh, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius), Coral Sea, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154976 Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius), Coral Sea, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it settles to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153055 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it settles to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Feather Star (Comanthina nobilis) and (Oxycomanthus bennetti) and Soft Coral (Dendronephthya sp)  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153184 Feather Star (Comanthina nobilis) and (Oxycomanthus bennetti) and Soft Coral (Dendronephthya sp)© Fred Bavendam
Feather Star (Oxycomanthus bennetti) clinging to a Harp Gorgonian (Ctenocella pectinata), Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153190 Feather Star (Oxycomanthus bennetti) clinging to a Harp Gorgonian (Ctenocella pectinata), Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Pharaoh Cuttlefish (Sepia pharaonis) male hanging over a female he has mated with, to ward off rival males, while she lays eggs, Andaman Sea, Burma  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153637 Pharaoh Cuttlefish (Sepia pharaonis) male hanging over a female he has mated with, to ward off rival males, while she lays eggs, Andaman Sea, Burma© Fred Bavendam
Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) lives in Australia's more arid regions where it feeds exclusively on ants, near Canarvon, Western Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153845 Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) lives in Australia's more arid regions where it feeds exclusively on ants, near Canarvon, Western Australia© Fred Bavendam
Crescent-tail Bigeye (Priacanthus hamrur), Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153856 Crescent-tail Bigeye (Priacanthus hamrur), Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia© Fred Bavendam
Blackfinned Clownfish (Amphiprion percula), Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153882 Blackfinned Clownfish (Amphiprion percula), Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea© Fred Bavendam
Red-lipped Batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) portrait, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154067 Red-lipped Batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) portrait, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Fred Bavendam
Crab (Xenocarcinus sp) living on a Gorgonian Sea Fan, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151698 Crab (Xenocarcinus sp) living on a Gorgonian Sea Fan, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea© Fred Bavendam
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) swimming among reef fish Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154161 Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) swimming among reef fish Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Fred Bavendam
Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) broadcast releasing it's eggs into the ocean current for dispersal, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154938 Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) broadcast releasing it's eggs into the ocean current for dispersal, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Sergeant Major (Abudefduf vaigiensis) school swimming, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154964 Sergeant Major (Abudefduf vaigiensis) school swimming, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Parrotfish (Scaridae) male sleeping at night, Bali, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154966 Parrotfish (Scaridae) male sleeping at night, Bali, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Reef Octopus (Octopus cyanea) looking at diver, Gili Islands, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00154995 Reef Octopus (Octopus cyanea) looking at diver, Gili Islands, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Fred Bavendam, photographer portrait  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153968 Fred Bavendam, photographer portrait© Fred Bavendam
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