All elephants love to swim. It's just that they swim in rivers and mudholes. And I'm not a fan of dysentery from those rivers. This is the world's only ocean-swimming elephant, making him (in my humble opinion) the world's smartest elephant! He is a retired worker from a logging camp in India, but that is not why his tusks were trimmed - like many Indian elephants, the tusks were crossing badly, and preventing him from feeding himself, so it was for his own good. I flew to India specifically to photograph this elephant and his most unique behavior. I spent nearly a month near the beach where he is spending his well-earned retirement, waiting and waiting for the right moment when he walked down the beach into the sea.

- Chris Gug