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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By David Valencia

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Whale Sharks Feeding. La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
Mobulas surface feeding. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Whale sharks frequent Mexico's La Paz each year around the months of Sept.-Feb. These gentle giants spend their time feeding in the plankton rich waters. La Paz has been slowly building an eco tourism business around the whale sharks.
A rare sighting of cownose rays. These divers watched on as they swam beneath. Cownose rays seem to prefer cooler water of approx. 79 degrees. They are seen only seasonally. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Giant Pacific Mantas are gentle and social by nature. Here is a diver feeling the connection....
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.
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.
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.
The Best Safety Stop ever! Momma and Baby humpback Whales rest motionless in front of divers.
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
Every Year a massive school of Jacks arrives to Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. This year was epic.
This Giant Pacific Electric Ray, who is not giant at all, takes a swim above the lens giving this nice perspective underneath the ray.
Giant Pacific Manta, Mexico.
Silky shark in the very early morning. As the water warms around Mexico's Revillagigedos, silky sharks become more prevalent.
A floating board creates some open water refuge for these juvenile jacks. The Silky Sharks, Yellowfin Tuna, and Dolphins attacked this baitball.
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.
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.
Runner Up - worthy of note but not a medal winner - an equal 4th place if you like! Runner Up 2013

Final RoundThrough to 2013 awards final round judging
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.
Humpback Whales; This mother, calf, and escort male swam directly over us during a dive.
gray whale, lopez mateos, baja california sur
A Giant Pacific Manta flies above the reef.
This momma and baby humpback whale allow a diver's close approach. What an amazing experience.
Giant Pacific Mantas are very friendly. This one was very social and stayed with us the entire dive.
A Giant Pacific Manta swims over a cleaning station. The manta will stay in this location swimming circles and getting picked clean.
A large pod of dolphins joined us during a dive on Socorro Island. They swam with us clicking and chirping away.
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.
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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