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September 21, 2007

Ball Buster

Photograph by Wayne Levin

"Trust me, that barracuda was a lot bigger than it looks," says photographer Wayne Levin, who got within a few feet of the five-foot great barracuda as it eyed a swirling ball of bigeye scad off Kahala Kua, Hawaii. Levin spent more than a year photographing the rhythmic movements of the scad-known locally as akule. The shoot began with Levin spotting a swarm with his polarized glasses from a 300-foot cliff overlooking the water. From there, he hiked down to the beach and swam to the fish with his underwater camera in tow. The project ended, however, when the scad simply stopped coming back. No word on the 'cuda.