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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By David Valencia

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A rare sighting of a thresher shark milling around underneath a baitball. This was taken while freediving.
By David Valencia
posted Monday, July 30, 2012
42 votes

It's the beginning of shark week and Guadalupe season. This is a good beginning.
By David Valencia
posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012
33 votes

A Yellowfin Tuna was running from some false killer whales. The tuna was hiding under our arms and legs as the false killer whales swam circles around us.
By David Valencia
posted Thursday, March 21, 2013
32 votes

An escort male pursues a momma and calf humpback whale. It only took a day before momma decided he didn't fit the bill. We found the momma and calf the next morning without the boyfriend.
By David Valencia
posted Thursday, March 21, 2013
31 votes

These were sailfish finishing a baitball and moving to another. We kept having to jump into the boat, find them, and jump in again. They would attack the bait for awhile, but would move on. One of my friends jumped in with scuba for a different look.
By David Valencia
posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012
30 votes

Whale shark swimming circles around roca partida, mex.
By David Valencia
posted Sunday, July 15, 2012
30 votes

Whale Shark up close and personal in the Galapagos.
By David Valencia
posted Tuesday, November 8, 2011
29 votes

Friendly whale shark swims circles around the boat during surface interval. All had a great time swimming with the little guy.
By David Valencia
posted Monday, June 25, 2012
29 votes

A floating board creates some open water refuge for these juvenile jacks. The Silky Sharks, Yellowfin Tuna, and Dolphins attacked this baitball.
By David Valencia
posted Wednesday, June 5, 2013
29 votes

Eagle Ray swimming with hammerheads. The current was moving, but the eagle stood still in the current while the hammerheads filled the water column.
By David Valencia
posted Monday, December 19, 2011
28 votes
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Giant Pacific Mantas are gentle and social by nature. Her... by David Valencia
Giant Pacific Mantas are gentle and social by nature. Here is a diver feeling the connection....
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date posted posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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Whale Sharks frequent Mexico's Roca Partida almost year-r... by David Valencia
Whale Sharks frequent Mexico's Roca Partida almost year-round. This was a large female in Nov. They swim around the oceanic pinnacle again and again.
votes: 15
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date posted posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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This Whale Shark circles as we observe its entangled in a... by David Valencia
This Whale Shark circles as we observe its entangled in a thick fishing line. The line, wrapped around the midsection, was deeply embedded in the whale shark's skin and must have been there for some time. The shark was later cut free.
votes: 21
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date posted posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A rare squadron of Giant Pacific Manta Rays. These giants... by David Valencia
A rare squadron of Giant Pacific Manta Rays. These giants measure 18 ft. from wingtip to wingtip. This special day the mantas were chasing each other in a playful frenzy.
votes: 13
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date posted posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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The Best Safety Stop ever! Momma and Baby humpback Whales... by David Valencia
The Best Safety Stop ever! Momma and Baby humpback Whales rest motionless in front of divers.
votes: 16
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date posted posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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This diver videos a swim through a huge school of green j... by David Valencia
This diver videos a swim through a huge school of green jacks. The school was so big it made everything dark. La Reina, Sea Of Cortes
votes: 7
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date posted posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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Every Year a massive school of Jacks arrives to Cabo Pulm... by David Valencia
Every Year a massive school of Jacks arrives to Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. This year was epic.
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votes: 19
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date posted posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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This Giant Pacific Electric Ray, who is not giant at all, takes a swim above the lens giving this nice perspective underneath the ray.
votes: 17
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Giant Pacific Manta, Mexico.
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votes: 15
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date posted posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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Silky shark in the very early morning. As the water warms around Mexico's Revillagigedos, silky sharks become more prevalent.
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votes: 16
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date posted posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A floating board creates some open water refuge for these juvenile jacks. The Silky Sharks, Yellowfin Tuna, and Dolphins attacked this baitball.
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votes: 29
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date posted posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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An escort male pursues a momma and calf humpback whale. It only took a day before momma decided he didn't fit the bill. We found the momma and calf the next morning without the boyfriend.
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votes: 31
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date posted posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A Yellowfin Tuna was running from some false killer whales. The tuna was hiding under our arms and legs as the false killer whales swam circles around us.
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votes: 32
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An interesting take on a the bait of a baitball. These jacks swam to the shelter of the camera to avoid the demise of the rest in the background. Silky sharks and yellowfin tuna devoured the rest.
votes: 19
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date posted posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Close Focus
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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Humpback Whales; This mother, calf, and escort male swam directly over us during a dive.
votes: 20
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date posted posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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gray whale, lopez mateos, baja california sur
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A Giant Pacific Manta flies above the reef.
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This momma and baby humpback whale allow a diver's close approach. What an amazing experience.
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votes: 24
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date posted posted: Monday, February 11, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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Giant Pacific Mantas are very friendly. This one was very social and stayed with us the entire dive.
votes: 12
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date posted posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A Giant Pacific Manta swims over a cleaning station. The manta will stay in this location swimming circles and getting picked clean.
votes: 9
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date posted posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A large pod of dolphins joined us during a dive on Socorro Island. They swam with us clicking and chirping away.
votes: 6
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date posted posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A whale shark feeds at the surface in La Paz, Mexico. Whale Sharks gather here each year to feed in the plankton-rich waters from Nov.-Feb. The water is green, but the action is amazing.
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A school of mobulas split in half and went around us. The water was very green that day so I tried to get an image of their silhouettes with the sun.
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date posted posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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A giant pacific manta stops at a cleaning station. The bright orange clarion angelfish clean parasites and dead skin.
votes: 18
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date posted posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
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date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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This divemaster frees a 35ft whale shark from a thick fishing line. He had to keep up in strong current at 100ft. and peel the line from the skin after cutting the line in half.
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Usefull action !
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date posted posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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There's nothing more exciting than a baitball. Here's a look at the entire frenzy. A beautiful interaction of nature.
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date posted posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Mexico
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Our lucky night....A night dive with a whale shark.
votes: 14
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date posted posted: Monday, November 26, 2012
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