Featured Photographer | Jake Wilton  

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Jake Wilton is an underwater photographer based in Coral Bay, Western Australia on the Ningaloo Reef. Jake first learnt to dive in 2007 at the age of 15 and has worked as a Divemaster/Instructor since 2009 logging over 3,500 dives. Since moving to the Ningaloo Reef in 2016 he has developed a passion for underwater photography and freediving. Jake currently works onboard Ningaloo Marine Interactions as the onboard professional photographer, where he works daily with manta rays, tiger sharks and other marine mega fauna found on Ningaloo Reef.





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A large female guitarfish hunts along the seafloor.


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The healthy corals of Ningaloo Reef.


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A free diver films one of the resident manta rays of Coral Bay.


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 Barrel roll feeding is a technique used by manta rays to feed when plankton stirred up off the bottom.


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 Juvenile golden trevally use larger animals such as manta rays as a nursery when they are young.




 A manta cruises the crystal clear shallow waters of Coral Bay. Individual manta can be identified by their unique belly pattern.




A green turtle enjoys a nice massage off some local parrotfish.


Manta rays often become very curious and turn over to investigate snorkellers on the reef.



 Whale sharks are found on Ningaloo Reef every year from April-July while they aggregate to feed on an abundance of tropical krill.




 A green turtle enjoys one of the many turtle cleaning stations on the reef.



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 The striking zebra shark is the closest living relative to the famous whale shark.



 A manta ray skims the sea floor feeding on the abundance of plankton found on the Ningaloo.




 A 4m female tiger shark patrols the sand flats of Coral Bay in search of one of its favourite prey, turtles.



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 An Octopus displays it’s incredible ability to change colour in the blink of an eye.




 Researchers use NASA star mapping technology to identify individual whale sharks using their unique spot patterns, much like a fingerprint.



Find Jake on Instagram @jakewiltonphoto

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