There is nothing you can compare to holding your breath longer than a minute, dive down into the blue, and come face to face with a shark in absolute peace. A true passion for the open ocean drove me and my friends to explore the vastness of the seaway beyond our comfort zone.
This is a collection of underwater photography pictures taken during 4 years of expeditions with Pelagic Life, an NGO that aims to protect the Mexican open ocean through eco-tourism and stunning pictures. Most of these interesting photos were taken freediving in the open ocean, far away from the shore, and most of them were taken in Mexico.
I have been bouncing around in a rustic fisherman’s panga for over 12 hours countless times, some of those at two in the morning with rain pouring over us. Funny thing is, most of the time you come back empty-handed without seeing any ocean animals to take photos of, but you know you gotta get out there, you know it’s the only way you will find what you’re looking for. And that one time an extremely rare smooth hammerhead stays with you for over an hour, then you know everything was worth it, even for a couple of beautiful photos, and that you would do it again a thousand times.
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My friend Pani diving down a huge sardine bait ball in Baja, Mexico.
Close to Isla Contoy, Mexico, a whale shark gracefully swims as he feeds on tiny plancton.
A curious turtle investigating my camera, wondering about its own reflection in Baja, México.
Sea Lion And Bait Ball
A female sea lion works her way around a sardine bait ball, in Baja, Mexico.
While freediving in the Bahamas, a lemos shark swam below me.
A croc rests in the ocean around the island of Cayo Centro in the Chinchorro atoll, Mexico.
An extremely rare, and impressively large female smooth hammerhead with an attitude comes to say hello in Baja, Mexico.
It’s really early in the morning in the middle of nowhere. 30 miles out in the Baja open ocean, a silky shark swam smoothly and slowly below me.
A mixed pod of spotted and bottlenose dolphins playfully say hello somewhere in the Bahamas.
Great White Shark
This 14ft male turned out to be a real player and a fantastic model in the waters of Isla Guadalupe, México.
Above me, a grey reef shark passing by in the Bahamas.
An über friendly bottlenose dolphin near Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
An invasive species in America, but nobody can deny the beauty of this lion fish in the Bahamas.
Sea Lion And Bait Ball
A male sea lion works his way around a sardine bait ball in Baja, Mexico.
A school of jacks in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico.
In Xcalak, Mexico, a stingray dwells in the ocean floor.
An emblematic diving and research boat, somewhere in the Bahamas.
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