Sharks are such beautiful and perfect predators. Hard to believe that we kill billions and billions of them and they still manage to keep on swimming. You know what? I bet they will still be swimming long after humanity has come and gone. #silkyshark#solmarv@solmarv#beneathsocorro
Happy World Oceans Day! Celebrate your love for the oceans today by making small changes that help the seas. Easy things to do are use less single-use plastic, don't eat meat to lessen your carbon footprint, and only eat the most sustainable types of fish. The oceans need our help like never before, and tons of small changes can make a giant difference. #WorldOceansDay
Yet another marvelous manta in the Socorro Islands with @solmarv. Giant mantas, Manta birostris, come in two forms, the traditional looking manta like my last couple of posts, and the black morph manta, my favorite. #solmarv#beneathsocorro
Manta ray cleaning station! Manta rays come to certain reefs to be cleaned by the small fish that live there. We were lucky enough to see this active cleaning station while diving with @jacksdivinglocker in Kona! Notice the manta rays spots? These spots are used to identify individuals-no two mantas have the exact same spots!
A giant oceanic manta ray glides overhead while diving off San Benedicto island in the Socorro's. Few places in the world have the quantity of fish, sharks, rays, and mammals, as the Socorro's. Makes one imagine how insane the oceans must have been before the advent of industrial fishing. #solmarv@solmarv#beneathsocorro
An Azorian farmer tends to his grape vines in Madalena, on Pico lsland. It is said that if the volcanic rock walls on this small island were put together end to end, they would circle the globe. Seeing the miles and miles of labyrinth looking structures, I don't doubt it at all. #BlueAzores
Here I am diving with my customized GH5 @ikelite housing with 2x underwater lasers that I used for measuring the giant manta rays of Socorro. After a brief analysis most of the rays I measured were between 14 - 18 ft across, and one giant black morph manta was over 20 ft across! Thanks @memali108 for this great photo of me! @solmarv#solmarv#beneathsocorro
Well that's a wrap! We've spent nearly two weeks in the Azores searching for baleen whales. We battled 12-15 foot seas, torrential downpours, poor visibility, and shy wildlife, but we were blessed with one amazing day on the water. I'm still here until Tuesday, but another large storm system has moved in, pounding us on the water today, and likely preventing us from going out the rest of our time here. I have a new respect for all footage of baleen whales underwater, after working so hard these two weeks for a few shots of the massive animals. I'm so lucky to have gotten footage of a blue whale, a mother and calf humpback whale, and three sperm whales. Can't wait to return to the Azores, my new favorite set of remote islands. @hamiltonunderwater ended our day today with this impressive backflip to stomach, in his full freediving gear. #BlueAzores
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Here is the photo @hamiltonunderwater captured of me while I was shooting the video in my last post. The Azores is proving to be one of the most beautiful places I have have ever been, but also one of the most raw and exposed, we were in 12 ft seas when we jumped in with this turtle. It was hilarious, and kinda sad, to watch the turtle get tossed on his back by the large swells. #BlueAzores#searchingforblues