Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa lies an island nation known as Mauritius that gives off the illusion of an underwater waterfall at the southwestern tip of the island. The visually deceiving impression, created in the water due to the runoff of sand and silt deposits, is especially effective and breathtaking in aerial shots. In fact, the illusion can even be seen on Google Maps.
A diver has a very personal moment of dejection at the bottom of the pool during the 2012 CCCA Swimming and Diving State Championships at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Monterey Park, CA. (Photo by Suzanne Tylander © 2012) This particular photo represents an emotional moment rarely caught underwater. This particular diver was expected to win the entire event. The diver knew as soon as he hit the water his form was flawed and that he might have just lost it all. I was fortunate enough to witness this moment as it was unfolding underwater. I captured the sequence of emotion just a split second after he hit the water and began to sink to the bottom with a sense of defeat written in his body language This was the image I chose from the series. I have felt this emotion and disappointment before as many athletes do. My chance to capture it underwater was rare but beautiful. It is a moment no competitive athlete wants to relive but something important that many of us can relate to. It is raw and human and real.
Everyone loves a good underwater photography series, but how often do you get to see one as well executed as the one above?
We’re diggin’ this stunning set of marine photos captured by Mark Laita. There’s also a hardcover book filled with 200 pages of Mark’s underwater work. Check it out on Amazon here!
via My Modern Met
Tank maintenance getting you down? Teach your fish to clean up after themselves.
Jock the octopus, a star attraction at Scotland’s Loch Lomond Aquarium has learned to clean the glass on his own aquarium. He was apparently intrigued when staffers would clean his tank, and one day took over the task. Jock has become such a neat freak he even cleans up after dinner, stacking discarded crab shells in a pile.