15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
101 Spotted Eagle Rays
Myself and a friend magically stumbled across ~30 eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) in less than 30ft of water. The rays past us several times allowing us to free dive with them, almost accepting us as part of their fever. These rays are known for their shy, yet curious personalities and on this special dive I was able to engage their curiosity enough to capture some rare images of over 28 rays flying together. As a free diver the lack of bubbles and disturbance in the water meant I gained their trust, they accepted my presence and allowed me close enough to capture the beauty and uniqueness of each individual.
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||Oct. 29, 2017, 8:58 p.m.