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#Repost @magnuslundgrenphotography with @get_repost ・・・ BLUE ADVENTURE. I am back in Sweden now after some great adventures around the island Pico in the Azores. What a trip great trip we had with huge blue sharks at "camera scratching" distance, aggregating Chilean devil rays, eagle rays watching their cave, schooling barracudas, a krill infested nightdive and the last magic day whatching the sperm whales and swimming with Atlantic spotted dolphins in a calm ocean. . Thanks to all the brave divers joining in, and to Dania, Enrique and Caspar @cwazores and the rest of their great staff, and of course to @scubatravel.se who, as always, set it up so nicely for the whole group. . CONSERVATION. Diving with the sharks in a respectful way is actually creating a real value locally (flights, hotel nights, restaurant visits and dive operators and more…) and I think if you ask the sharks it is a great alternative to the 100 meter plus long fishing boats from Spain coming over to the Azores to fill up with apex predators like blue sharks. . IUCN REDLIST STATUS: Near threatened. The Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) is taken in large numbers, an estimated 20 million individuals annually, mainly as bycatch but also as a targeted species. Little is known about the overall population and many catches are unreported. There is concern over the removal of such large numbers of keystone predator from the oceanic ecosystem. . #scubatravel #cwazores #blueshark #shark #blue #pico #azores #expedition #photography #underwater #mares #iucn #redlist #nearthreatened

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magnuslundgrenphotography

BLUE ADVENTURE. I am back in Sweden now after some great adventures around the island Pico in the Azores. What a trip great trip we had with huge blue sharks at "camera scratching" distance, aggregating Chilean devil rays, eagle rays watching their cave, schooling barracudas, a krill infested nightdive and the last magic day whatching the sperm whales and swimming with Atlantic spotted dolphins in a calm ocean. . Thanks to all the brave divers joining in, and to Dania, Enrique and Caspar @cwazores and the rest of their great staff, and of course to @scubatravel.se who, as always, set it up so nicely for the whole group. . CONSERVATION. Diving with the sharks in a respectful way is actually creating a real value locally (flights, hotel nights, restaurant visits and dive operators and more…) and I think if you ask the sharks it is a great alternative to the 100 meter plus long fishing boats from Spain coming over to the Azores to fill up with apex predators like blue sharks. . IUCN REDLIST STATUS: Near threatened. The Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) is taken in large numbers, an estimated 20 million individuals annually, mainly as bycatch but also as a targeted species. Little is known about the overall population and many catches are unreported. There is concern over the removal of such large numbers of keystone predator from the oceanic ecosystem. . #scubatravel #cwazores #blueshark #shark #blue #pico #azores #expedition #photography #underwater #mares #iucn #redlist #nearthreatened

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fabriciobarros18

Last day in #picoisland was just epic. Swimming with dolphins in their environment and see how curious these guys are. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍🐬🐬🐬🐬 #cwazores - just wait for the videos. PS - the amazing sunsets #nofilter #azores #azoresislands #visitazores

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annehedlund

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annehedlund

A week of highly intense diving with the most beautiful shark of them all. Can’t wait to go for another round. . . . . #blueshark #azores #pico #atlantic #sharks #bluewater #diving #scubadiving #nikon #seaandseahousing #suunto #cwazores #exposureexpeditions #uwphoto #amazing

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fridoderpanda

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laurapozzi_

Ocean wildlife 📸 📍[Whale watching, near Pico Island, 18/08/18] #photography #CanonEos7d #nature #whales #summervibes #cwazores

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ralphpaprzycki

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liquid_state_uk

Into the blue with a Mobula also known as a Devil Fish. @PrincessAlice #azores #ilhadopico #scubadiving #scuba #pico #cwazores with my dive buddy @honoloulous

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annehedlund

Platsen för morgondagens dyk. 100 km rätt ut i Atlanten från närmaste hamn. . . . . . #azores #pico #princessalicebank #mobularay #scubadiving #ocean #atlantic #exposureexpeditions #scubatravel #cwazores

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liquid_state_uk

When your in the Big Blue. Singing here Sharky Sharky in possibly the worst sea conditions I’ve ever been in and this fella decides to say Hi and tail fin you in the face.😜🦈 #shark #sharks #blueshark #azores #azoresislands #pico #ilhadopico #cwazores

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laurapozzi_

Ocean wildlife 📸 📍[Striped dolphins and atlantic spotted dolphins, near Pico Island, 18/08/18] #photography #CanonEos7d #nature #freedolphins #summervibes #cwazores

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magnuslundgrenphotography

LOOKING FOR DEVILS. The coming week a group of divers join me in an attempt to socialize with the impressive Chilean devil rays. Every summer, roughly June until October, Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) gather in large schools above mighty seamounts around the Azores. They are cleary in some sort of social mode and frequently approach divers and swim around them, sometimes for an hour. It an epic experience and the rays can reach impressive four meters across. . These oceanic wanderers are the one of the least known of the mobula rays, these sea mounts is one of only a few locations where these rays gather in large numbers. I will report on our progress. Let us hope for blue sky and calm sea! . #mobula #chileanmobularay #chilean #mobularay #ray #elasmobranchia #social #mystic #gathering #azores #theazores #pico #cwazores #portugal #atlantic #conservation #savetheocean #magnuslundgren #magnuslundgrenphotography #nikon #naturephotography #exploretocreate #picoftheday #exposureunderwater #scubatravel #nikon #underwater_world_ #padi #paditv

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davidefoschi86

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elestrappa

Swimming with dolphins #cwazores 🐬

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clancabout

I will never get over having dolphins surround the boat I’m on 😍

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everywherewithcherry

Strong contender for the best moment of my life: floating on a dingy in the bluest water I’ve ever seen surrounded by these divine creatures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ — ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I’ve really peaked in Pico. Whale watching is a must, primarily because the island is best seen by water (similar to how New York City is even more stunning when you can see it from beyond, like Brooklyn), but also because whales are cool & dolphins will chase you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ — ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We used @cwazores in Madalena & they were rockstars.

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laurapozzi_

17/08/2018 •Off the coast of Pico Island• Swimming with my favourite animals, completely free in their natural habitat, was magic. One of my biggest dreams came true, I still can’t believe it... I will never forget such an incredible and moving experience!💙🐬 #swimmingwithdolphins #grateful #cwazores #nature #wildlife #AtlanticOcean #deepblue #underwater #gopro

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clancabout

Look at this absolute babe of a boy! So graceful, so curious, so impressive! 💙

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clancabout

This guy was just peeping out of his hole, sussing out the situation. His friend was bolder though, and was out and about, hunting over the rocks.

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clancabout

I came face to face with this beautiful mama-to-be... rays carry their babies on their backs, so it’s fairly easy to spot when one is pregnant 💙

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clancabout

I feel like it’s time for some more of my beautiful Blue Shark friends 💙

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clancabout

An incredibly lucky moment! Being able to hop in the water with this pod of Atlantic Spotted Dolphins was such a privilege! They’re surprisingly shy though so as soon as I got in they all dived. They’re so fast, they were out of sight in a few seconds, but it was so special to have this encounter 💙🐬💙

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clancabout

Normally I am not a fan of Triggerfish, but we had two of these Grey Triggerfish come and investigate us in an unusually non-aggressive and curious way - it must be outside of nesting time for them.

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clancabout

Princess Alice in the Azores was definitely the scariest briefing I’ve ever had 😳 but it was an amazing dive spot. Going onto the top of the pinnacle was awesome, and although the mobula didn’t come very close, there were plenty around!💙

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clancabout

I always love goatfish, they have kind faces and normally let you get quite close if you come in calmly and slowly 💙

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clancabout

Diving round Pico and we saw loads of GIANT stingrays! They were much bigger across than my arms can stretch!

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clancabout

The weather was perfect for our dives and the light played beautifully across the sharks, making them shine 💙

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clancabout

Hello, handsome one! 😍 This guy was very curious... He came super close, looked me right in the eye and we had a moment 💙 He bumped me with a fin, which is what they do to see if you’re soft and perhaps edible, so I was very watchful in case he wanted to taste me too! He didn’t, so we’re cool 💙🦈😎💙

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clancabout

What did you get up to at the weekend? 🦈😆🦈😆

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clancabout

The best kind of company on the way to a dive site! Look out for the babies! 😍🐬💙 @cwazores

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deepdiveaddict

Another beautiful moment in Princess Alice Bank !! I love them so much !! I was drifting a bit on the current and they came at my encounter !! #mobula #mobulatarapacana #jamanta #devilrays #protectwhatyoulove #videos #underwatervideo #rays #princessalicebank #openocean #seamount #beautiful #graceful #wonderful #padi #divemaster #bestjobintheworld #cwazores #azores

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deepdiveaddict

The encounter of today on the Swimming with Dolphins ! A loggerhead turtle, apparently she wasn’t on the good conditions, problem with the shell probably she get stuck on a net or plastic things, so sad to see what we do to these poor animales !! #turtle #loggerhead #loggerheadturtle #tortue #pico #azores #island #protectwhatyoulove #padi #uwphotography #photography #blue #ocean #atlantic #cwazores #divemaster #stopplastic #nomoretrashinoceans

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deepdiveaddict

Today was the first trip to Princess Alice Bank this year !! Not a great visibility but some really friendly and curious Mobulas !! Another beautiful day on the ocean ! #mobula #mobularay #mobulataracapana #devilray #princessalicebank #azores #cwazores #underwater #diving #underwaterphotography #divemaster #padi #protectwhatyoulove #beautiful #gentle #diveintotheblue #ocean

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biodiaries

Breaching Spermwhale on our last Whale Watching trip 🙌🐳 #love #wauu #spermwhale #breachingwhale #whale #azores #pico #atlantic #whalewatching #cetaceans #cwazores #iloveazores

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