These eagle spotted rays were seen at Laje Dois Irmãos, a dive site off Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, famous for reef sharks encounters. Coming across rays like those pictured here is also very common.
This kind of ray is normally seen in schools and is, for me, one of the most beautiful animals. Fortunately they are easily captured on film because they allow us to get close.
For the lovers of underwater photography, Fernando de Noronha is one of the best places in the world to take nice shots because of the huge diversity of marine animals and the superb water visibility (about 20 metres).
Visit the whl.travel Flickr photostream for a set of more pictures of Fernando de Noronha.
To learn more about Pedro Paulo Godoy Capelossi and his work in Fernando de Noronha, read this interview with him on Jungle Drums Online.