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Black and White Underwater Photographs by Christian Vizl

 The ocean is a vast expanse of life, beauty, and mystery, with very few in this world having strayed to its darkest depths. It is a world of its own, teeming with the tiniest life-forms and the largest ones spread far and wide across the great blueness. Christian Vizl has had a fascination for the ocean since he was a child, and in his 30-year career, has spent much of his time documenting the fearful and fearsome creatures of the sea, in their natural state. This award-winning photographer shares his friends of the ocean with us in the book “The Silent Kingdom”, with text provided by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia A. Earle. 

A native of Mexico City, Christian Vizl spent much of his time by the water, observing and capturing its inhabitants on camera. He continues to use his art to raise awareness for the protection of specified marine areas, having seen numerous marine habitats sustain damage. Combining his love of monochromatic photography with his love of the sea, he was inspired to create this collection of black-and-white photographs of beautiful ocean dwellers. Here are 20 pictures from Vizl’s series that will take your breath away. 

 

1. The Striped Marlin shows off its patterns

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, striped marlin 

 

2. A Humpback calf diving into the water 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, humpback calf diving into water

 

3. A spotted eagle ray and a fishy friend swimming at the reefs of Cozumel

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, Spotted eagle ray swims with fish at the reefs of Cozumel

 

4. A Sealion gazes hungrily at a bait ball of mackerel 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, sea lion hunting bait ball of mackerel

 

5. A giant manta swims, at peace with the fish

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, giant manta swimming with fish

 

6. Striped Marlins on the hunt

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, striped marlins hunting

 

7. Swimming with the current 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, sea turtle swimming with a school of fishes

 

8. A mass of mobulas

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, group of mobulas

 

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9. The Jellyfish gazes at its reflection 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, jellyfish 

 

10. The Tiger shark shows off its beautiful patterns

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, tiger shark

 

11. A stingray soars through the sea  

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, string ray 

 

12. Swimming to the beat of their own current 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, school of fishes swimming in a current

 

13. Hunting sardines with sea lions 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, sea lions hunt sardines

 

14. A sea turtle swims across the open ocean with fishes in Ixtapa, Mexico 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, sea turtle swimming with fishes in Ixtapa, Mexico

 

15. Swimming with a whale shark 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, swimming with a whale shark

 

16. A silkie shark swims alongside a group of pilot fish 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, silkie shark swimming with pilot fish

 

17. Giant mantas interact by touching each other's wingtips 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, giant mantas touching wing tips

 

18. Close enough to touch 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, jellyfish close up

 

19. Wild dolphins breach the surface 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, Wild dolphins

 

20. Always follow the fish 

Black and white underwater photography of ocean animals by Christian Vizl, scuba drivers follow a school of fish

 

(Source: Instagram) 

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