Sharks and Rays

Bluespotted ribbontail Ray Taeniura lymma also known as the bluespotted ray, bluespotted fantail ray, bluespotted lagoon ray, bluespotted stingray, fantail ray, lesser fantail ray, lagoon ray, reef ray, ribbon-tailed stingray and ribbontail stingray

Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray-Facts and Photographs

The Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray Taeniura lymma is also known as the bluespotted ray, bluespotted fantail ray,  bluespotted stingray and ribbontail stingray. They are common inhabitants of the reefs on the Ta...
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Bluespotted Ribbon Tail Ray

A bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) flutters along the sandy bottom of the Red Sea in Ras Muhammad National Park. At night, small groups of these rays follow the rising tide onto sandy flats to ro...
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The Eye of a Ray

The eye of a bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma), reflects light from the underwater camera strobes, appearing as though it is glowing inside...

Dwarfed by a Whale Shark

Underwater photographer, Alan Sutton, is dwarfed in size alongside a giant whale shark in Kilondoni Bay of Mafia Island's West Coast. Whale sharks favor these waters for the abundant sergestid shrimps and r...
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Feeding Frenzy of Black-Tipped Sharks

A feeding frenzy of black-tipped sharks in South Africa's Aliwal Shoal. The chilly waters were chummed for cage diving. See additional photos and video at Blacktip Sharks....

Headshot of a Whale Shark

Headshot of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus), photographed while snorkeling off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. Whale sharks are the biggest sharks and the biggest fish in the world...
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray

Manta Ray in Tofo

A giant oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris), photographed while scuba diving in the pristine waters off the coast of Tofo, Mozambique. This is the largest type of ray in the world, growing up to a width of ...

Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray

A bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) photographed while scuba diving at Sweet Bongoyo off the coast of Dar es Salaam. This is a common species of ray throughout the tropical Indian and western Paci...
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Feeding Time!

A whale shark feeding on microscopic planktons off the coast of Mafia Island. It's hard to believe that a fish can grow this large without eating other large fish...
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Tailing a Whale Shark

A snorkeler "tailing" an ambiguous whale shark off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. The whale shark's tail is about as long as the height of a person, with the overall...
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Gentile Giant

A whale shark, also known as the "gentile giant" of the sea, due to it's massive size and indifference towards humans. Photo taken off the coast of Mafia Island. See more at Whale Shark Excursion....
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Filming a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon swims alongside an elusive whale shark while filming. Photo taken in Kilondoni Bay, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more at Whale Shark Excursion. Shot on 18mm with a Canon 7D and 18-55m...
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Whale Shark & Travallies

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) coasts along Tanzanian waters with a large school of golden trevallies (Gnathanodon speciosus). Golden travallies often congregate whale sharks...

Whale Shark Excursion

Perhaps the first known recorded sighting of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) off the coast of Mafia Island, was during the first world war. It was in the Mafia Island channel near Niororo Island where seaplanes...
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Whale Shark

A massive whale shark (Rhincodon typus), photographed off the coast of Mafia Island. In her post Free-Diving with Whale Sharks, Renee Blundon writes, "The whale shark’s beauty is memorizing. An abundance of...
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Alongside a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon free-dives while filming an elusive whale shark, the biggest fish in the world, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos and the full write-up at Free-Diving with Whale Sharks....
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Cornetfish and Bluespotted Ray

Video of a cornetfish (Fistularia commersonii) and a bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) during a night dive at Remora in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Footage shot with a Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD Camcorder ...

Rays and Skates

Rays and skates are in the superorder of cartilaginous fish, known as Batoidea, where there are approximately 560 species in thirteen families. They are closely related to the Elasmobranchii family, of sharks. ...
Ragged Tooth Shark

Face to Face with a Ragged Tooth Shark

Inside a cave and face to face with a ragged tooth shark of Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. Although quite fierce looking with rows of sharp teeth, sticking out of their mouth, raggies are known for being cur...
Ragged Tooth Shark

Shark Nostalgia – A Poem

  Face to face, in depths quite deep, we stare squarely into the other's eyes, It is there where we see everything, where we achieve reality, and share in it's kind existence. From a world full of c...

Raggie Cave

Inside a cave with a ragged tooth shark in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa....
Whitetip Shark

Whitetip Shark

An oceanic whitetip reef shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), photographed in Durban, South Africa....
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Sharks

Sharks are a group of fish which have a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. There are over 470 species of sharks which ran...

A Hunting Blacktip

Face to face with a feeding blacktip shark, Renee Blundon captures this action shot as the massive fish torpedos to the surface for a snack. Renee traveled to Aliwal Shoal in South Africa to photograph and ...
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Blacktip Sharks

Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) are 0ne of the ocean’s most fascinating predators and are found worldwide in tropical waters. With a streamlined shape, terrifying teeth, and forceful fins – the blacktip...
Ragged-Tooth Shark

Ragged-Tooth Shark

A spotted ragged-tooth shark in South Africa's Aliwal Shoal, a mating ground for raggies from June to November. Despite their size, imposing  appearance and ferocious set of teeth, ragged-tooth sharks are d...