The detail in these images are lost on a platform like Instagram. Come to Bristol’s We the Curious on the 13th of July for the mnhpgraduateexhibition Final exhibition to see them as big fat prints, with every polyp on full display.
Electric ray taking off
Electric rays are a sub family of the Ray family with two electric organs on their underside, that are capable of producing discharges off 200+ volts and several amperes (which is what a standard hair dryer produces). They use this bioelectricity to stun prey and as a defense mechanism
The trips to the Socorro Islands are scheduled November - June. Specifically from mid January through mid April the Socorro Islands are home to a large population of humpback whales that come here to breed and calve. Whale sharks are a special treat at the islands; they find us in November/December and late April/May/June.
The giant Pacific manta, pods of wild bottlenose dolphin, extremely large tuna (the world record yellowfin is from these waters), wahoo and thick schools of jacks are all encountered underwater on a regular basis throughout the entire season.
Add to the mix visiting hammerhead cleaning stations plus sometimes encountering up to seven species of sharks on a single dive, and you have the opportunity to experience some of the best big animal diving in the world!