Not everything is bad news for our seas, some small areas of protected waters in Baja California Sur, México are taking the conservation issue seriously, and we can tell and report that a positive increase in biomass is evident; also an increase of diversity. Sea life benefits from this effective protection, but also divers, local operators and fishermen that fish nearby. Sea protection is a non zero sum game
Yes I know it’s a sin to take all the color away from coral, but now u can look at form without distraction :) Coral is beautiful! captures CO2, feeds the fish and fuels ecotourist economies and that allows the biomass to recover; truly essential to protect this amazing beings that are usually unnoticed by non divers.
The inside of a baitball is not as fun as it looks when the bait uses you as protective shield against sharks and dolphins while wearing only your swimsuit. One thing I learned that day: in open sea, always wear your neoprene :)
Millions of years of constant evolution created the perfect predator, the great balance keeper of our oceans; until a few hundred thousand years ago Dumbo Sapiens colonized earth and extinguished most of its land megafauna Our oceans remained safe from us but in the last centuries we decided to fish compulsively until depletion of many shark species was achieved. But now, the younger Sapiens are more aware, and active, and hopefully they won’t let the older generation continue the depletion or our seas. As sharks do, new Sapiens generations will have to keep us in balance, using science, arts and activism as tools.
Chimeras & oracles. Natural formations created by fast cooled lava are usually so perfectly carved and geometrically intriguing that they truly look like handmade sculptures from long gone civilizations (most, if not all of the sensationalist media posts about ancient human made structures below water are just natural structures of volcanic origin so beware) Now this ancient lava formations snd volcanic activity are the foundations of most of the islands in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) and home of many soft coral species.
Surreal things you get to witness during safety stops :) Somewhere in the Sea of Cortez, México. With a little more protection and expanding the protected perimeters of the islands of the Sea of Cortez we are pretty sure that the biomass could increase in just a few years, a win win scenario for sea life and local fishermen. Even comercial fishing could benefit from an increase in the no fishing perimeter. All that is needed is political will and an organized community. Cabo Pulmo did it and worked out; why not replicate this case in the whole sea of Cortez?
Sometimes we need to sacrifice a diver so we can get the shot we want, we usually choose the slowest swimmer or a diver that still eats shark. Just kidding :) just let the sharks be and they will let you swim in their domain.
Not every time you see a fin outside the water means shark. Beware of impersonators :) And beware of those who still eat shark fin soup, karma will get them eventually and better not to be near them when it happens :) sharks biomagnifies toxins and eating their meat raises the chances of acquiring dementia and heavy metal poisoning. All those ancestral superpower like attributes associated to shark fin are now refuted by science.
The level of intelligence and curiosity displayed by the Mobula mobular surprised me, such level of interaction of marine life with humans I had only seen it with dolphins, and a few times with Manta birostris, but the mobulas at Azores really stoped down and examined us, allowing us to connect with them and showing such a display of playful maneuvers, pure gold for photographic composition.
Color is just one small part of the formula, if it doesn’t add strength to the composition, I just discard it. In this case, color and form are everything, so it stays :) Two playful mobulas near Baixa do Ambrosio, Azores.
Glad to find so many pelagic life thriving in the Azorean waters. It’s very interesting to witness how small protected areas can have such a positive impact even tho long line fishing prevails near them. Thank you @waterandwindazores for putting together this awesome expedition!
Sometimes, in a very cinematic moment is so difficult to decide between video or a photograph and not missing the opportunity. This one time I’m glad i chose video. Mobulas near Santa Maria Island, Azores.
This cenote has its own special kind of magic; all different feelings and experiences are mentioned when you ask the divers that immerse in it. For me is a place where you are half awake half asleep, a transition zone where the door to the subconscious mind can be opened. So beauty or terror or whatever appears on you becomes amplified there. We call this Cenote “Angelita”, located at the Riviera Maya, in México.
Oceans are not infested by sharks, they belong there and many shark species are still endangered. What Infest the oceans are fishing corporations that still act as if fish populations were an unlimited source of food supply.
difficult to calculate the amount of beautiful beings that will disappear if water keeps warming up.. world leaders at @g20org don’t forget, global warming is the real threat right now, comercial interests are secondary.
World oceans day today. Don’t forget the sharks, they keep getting decimated by a highly corrupted shark finning industry, just a few weeks ago here in Mexico a ship container was caught with one metric ton of shark fins. Many of those fins belonged to endangered shark species.. so the fight is not over, keep it up.
At our current level of stupidity, the only trees left in México in a few years would be those dead inside cenotes. Come on @semarnat_mexico time to act and regulate.. Es ya urgente regular la tala de mejor manera, ya paremos esta devastación @semarnat_mexico.. Thank you @scubarevolution@jimmygbau@kekasai for putting together this exploration at Cenote Angelita, México
Mantas (Manta birostris) recognize you, even if you change your wetsuit, mask or remove your contacts, so don’t mess with them cause they will remember you! Never grab them or touch them please, doing so can cause them infections. just make lots of bubbles and they will come near you (they love bubbles and will get near you to receive a free bubble massage).
Subtle colors that I could not discard this time :) Someday soon The Sea of Cortes will be a protected area where fishing practices become more mindful about their impact. In the meantime let’s not mess up Cabo Pulmo!