Princess Alice Bank is a submerged seamount known for the abundance of pelagic marine life seen there. And sure enough, during one of our dives at the seamount yesterday we found ourselves among this school of box rays, Mobula tarapacana, gliding gently through the water, feeding on plankton. This species of ray can reach up to 12 feet in width!
From our partners on the #OceanoAzulExpedition in the Azores at @natgeopristineseas
Diving among nimble schools of grey triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) and white trevally (Pseudocaranx dentex) in the waters of Corvo Island.
The perfect conditions for exploration don’t just put wind in your sails; they put a spring in your step and an extra tug in your arms. And we were lucky to have them on our side as we set sail from Flores for Gigante Seamount, where we are deploying our drop cameras for a look at the depths around the seamount.
Underwater cinematographer @manusanfelix_official captured this close-up of a huge dusky grouper eye surrounded by fish lice while diving at Corvo Island. “It is so impressive to dive with big fishes that you don’t pay attention to small details. But this grouper was so curious and friendly that I saw the fleas concentrated around his eyes,” he wrote from the field. These tiny parasitic copepods feed on the mucus and blood of their host fish.