Altar, worship house and sacred sundial—to ancient Maya, natural wells called cenotes were all these and more. 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. To see more NatGeo videos, visit the National Geographic YouTube channel.
[VIDEO] Diving in a Sacred Maya Cave
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.
Magnificent eating machine hoovers victims like a seafloor vacuum.
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.
Sleight-of-hand masters or eight-legged freaks? Octopuses can be both: See for yourself, then let the four select smoke-and-mirrors masters mesmerize you at these hotspots.
SCUBA DIVING Editor David Espinosa just returned from a live-aboard trip to the Galapagos. Here's his Day 4 blog post with yet another awesome video, including an amazing whale shark encounter
Gray reef sharks explore the Ray of Hope shipwreck in Nassau, Bahamas. These fast-swimming, agile predators feed on free-swimming bony fishes and cephalopods. Watch these divers get up close and personal with a swarm of gray reef sharks.
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