Every year, between June and September, hundreds of whale sharks can be found in the deep waters northeast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.4 5
During winter, you can bet the Costa Brava waters won’t be crystal clear and tropical warm. Usually, there's low visibility (less than 5 m) and really cold water, 11-13ºC (38-40F). But for those who dare to dive during winter, the sea may reward them with some of its hidden jewels: the John Dory1 3
Swimming with stingrays in the wild, up for a wing massage, Grand cayman is the place to visit!0 6
The sevengill shark, also known as the cow shark, is one of the most primitive species of shark, and has a noticeably prehistoric look to it. Although spending most of its time unseen by divers in deep waters, there are certain seasons and places where divers can reliably find them at recreational diver depths.1 7
Nightly, off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, divers congregate and light up a stage set for manta rays. Coming in to feed on the plankton gathered by the lights, 8-12ft mantas do a beautiful ballet-like dance for as long as the divers and their lights will stay.2 7
On the reefs of the Pacific, twilight marks the beginning of the mandarinfish courtship dance. A male begins dancing, and if he’s desirable, an interested female will join. Just before the sun sets, the two fish will rise up out of the reef together to mate, cheek-to-cheek.0 7
Scuba Diving wouldn’t be as interesting without all the beautiful and unique sea creatures that inhabit the underwater world. Our fascination of this world stems from the fact that sea animals are not part of our natural habitats, and if it weren’t for diving, our chances of crossing paths with them are minimal to none.
Think of scuba diving as a humbling experience; going from our world, where we are the dominant species, to a world where we are so insignificant. While swimming in the depths of the ocean, you feel how insignificant you are by the way sea creatures view and react to you. Some sea animals will simply swim by you, ignoring your presence. Others will approach you out of curiosity, wondering what sea creature you are- being just as fascinated by you as you are with them- and then just go about their day. Other interactions, of course, can take place, either friendly or unfriendly. Regardless, you are merely a visitor in the underwater world.
We don’t belong in the ocean, which is why some people are so afraid or anxious to dive and step out of their natural habitat. Scuba divers, on the other hand, are overly curious and adventurous, and step out of their comfort zone with every dive to see what we can’t see on the surface. They love to bring back stories and underwater photographs of the marine life they’ve encountered.
As divers ourselves, we hope that our stories and photos of sea animals entertain and excite you, and leave you wanting to step out of your comfort zone and pay these sea creatures a visit!
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