My Name is Daniel Sasse, I'm an award-winning underwater photographer. I protect, defend and conserve the marine environment. With my pictures, I want to show people how beautiful but also how fragile the underwater world is all at the same time. It is so important to protect our oceans because every second breath you take is produced by oceans.

To take these pictures, I used a Sony NEX7 Camera in an underwater housing with 2 external strobes. These are the best pictures of a two-hour scuba dive I did at Hin Daeng, a dive site in the Andaman sea in Thailand.

The giant oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) is an endangered species in the family Mobulidae and the largest type of ray in the world. It can grow to a disc size of up to 7 m (23 ft) with a weight of about 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) but the average size commonly observed is 4.5 m (15 ft). They are filter feeders and consume large quantities of zooplankton in the form of shrimp, krill, and planktonic crabs.

If you're interested in our marine life conservation work please have a look at our website.

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Xavier Wescott 2 months ago

I can't shake the feeling he's on hos phone on this one.

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Koala King 2 months ago

Mahoosive creatures!

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Monika Soffronow 2 months ago

Obviously a low flying UFO! The fish and bubbles are photoshopped in to make it look like seawater. ;-) Well, seriously, it must be a magnificent experience to see these giants up close. Let us hope we can help the oceans stay thriving with life.. in the future.

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Sara MacFarland 2 months ago

Close Encounters

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Sara MacFarland 2 months ago

Amazing photography!

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Graeme Kay 2 months ago

Now that is proper breath taking!

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Alex Forrest 2 months ago

Fantastic shots! Ever since I was little and saw a TV special showing divers riding on the wings of these sea angels, I've wanted to do that! Is there anywhere on earth where I could live out this dream?

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CookieNeerrrrd 2 months ago

...Wow!!! ... again!

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Sara MacFarland 2 months ago

How large are these beautiful creatures?

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Monika Soffronow 2 months ago

How many of them did you encounter? Were they hard to find or do they stay in 'their' area? How deep do they go? Are they curious about you?

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

This is my favorite shot, love it !!!

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Another great shot !!!

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Alice Waldron 2 months ago

Hello from Thailand! Where were you exactly?

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sharron lynn parsons 2 months ago

Love this one as well !!!

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AzKhaleesi 2 months ago

Oooh, let's name the zones, the zones, the zones. Let's name the zones of the open sea: mesopolagic, bathyal, abyssalpelagic. All the rest are too deep for you and me to see. Oh, let's name the species, the species, the species. Let's name the species that live in the sea: There's porifera, coelenterata, hydrozoa, scyphozoa, anthozoa, ctenophora, bryozoas, three! Gastropoda, arthropoda, echinoderma, and some fish like you and me. Come on, sing with me. Oh...! Just the girls this time. Oh, seaweed is cool. Seaweed is fun. It makes it's food with the rays of the sun...

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LuB 2 months ago

Thank you for the exquisite pictures that show what a magnificent trip it appears to have been. As I said at the beginning of this impressive collection,, you have given me the that nudge to work my way up to be able to maybe see those unbelievable creature for myself. Not only are you a heart touching artist in an unforgiving medium with uncontrollable subjects but,you are an advocate artist. You are their voice. and have spoken in one of the most powerful ways possible. All their ways of being graceful even beautiful,with open mouths and all. You showed us that so we would not be afraid but in awe, as we should, despite my feeble attempts at humor. It is my hope that this art show is shown in many venues for both it's beauty and aide in our oceans cause.

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Restless 2 months ago

Great photos, thank you for sharing. The ocean is so vast, makes me wonder what is still undiscovered

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