[VIDEO] Underwater World of the Galapagos
Small Hope Bay on Andros is home to the world’s third longest barrier reef, so it’s little surprise that the Bahamas attract the big stuff. What most divers fail to realize is how much macro life abounds in the shallows.
Altar, worship house and sacred sundial — to ancient Maya, natural wells called cenotes were all these and more. Scuba diving in a cenote near Chichén Itzá, photographer Paul Nicklen snaps pictures of National Geographic Emerging Explorer and underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda as he explores an otherworld strewn with Maya offerings, from pottery to human bones.
Watch mobula rays — sometimes called devil rays — feeding and flying off Baja, California, in what National Geographic says could be the largest school ever filmed.
Check out this video from an underwater photographer as he comes face to face with a deadly leopard seal. You'll be surprised by what happens.
Dive a wall and you’ll know anything can happen. In fact, the deeper the wall plunges, the greater the odds of swimming with the unexpected — from sharks to any number of pelagics.
In the Bahamas, you’ll find a Caribbean reef shark for every 100 yards of underwater habitat. And when feedings occur, sharks appear in droves, swimming increasingly tighter circles around the divers gathered in an arc on the sand.
The islands of the Bahamas are a wide-angle paradise. Dolphins, goliath groupers, sea turtles and other hard-to-miss attractions regularly cruise up from the depths to feed in the shallows.
Thank poor captains and skilled explosive handlers for the 40 ships that litter the waters off the Bahamas’ 12 main islands. Here, divers can explore everything from freighters and steamships to airplanes, landing craft and patrol boats.