Beneath the Waves
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Free diving with humpback whales.
I used to work for a boat that did guided trips to swim with the hump back whales in the silver banks, just north of the Dominican Republic. Normally you can’t dive down on them. They will split. You can just float in the water above them. These guys were super chill and didn’t mind. Plus it was just me and the photographer in the water while the guests were having lunch, so I could get away with diving. The photographer kept wanting me to get closer, for his shot, but those are damn big animals. The mother whale was full frame in my mask and the baby was coming at me so that’s as close as I got.
Jellyfish Cotylorhiza tuberculata drifting just beneath the surface looking for capturing the first sunrays to trigger their symbiotic algae to produce energy for it. Mar Menor coastal lagoon, Murcia province, Spain.Source:
Icy cold, pitch black and with crushing pressures - the deepest part of the ocean is one of the most hostile places on the planet. Only three explorers have made the epic journey there: 11km (seven miles) down to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. As a new wave of explorers is gearing up to make this remarkable dive, take a look at the mysterious world that they will be plunging into.