An epic migration of module stingrays. Photo by Joost van Uffelen/Caters News

An epic migration of mobula stingrays. Photo: Joost van Uffelen/Caters News

Joost van Uffelen and Sandy van de Water had just spent the morning photographing dolphins close to the Isla Espirito Santa in the Sea of Cortez when the ocean erupted with little white tips breaking the surface.

Soon, a few mobula stingrays leaped out of the water. Underneath them was a huge school of migrating mobula stingrays.

A few modula stingrays from the huge school leaped out of the water. Photo by Joost van Uffelen/Caters News

A few mobula stingrays from the huge school leaped out of the water. Photo: Joost van Uffelen/Caters News

It "was exactly what we had been hoping for," van Uffelen, 30, wrote on his blog about the encounter.

"Quickly I grabbed fins and mask and urged the captain to drop us close to the school of fish."

The two jumped into the water with cameras in hand. What they captured on video and in photos was, as van Uffelen described, "a truly awesome spectacle." Caters News on Tuesday released the video and photos of the mobula stingray migration the couple from the Netherlands captured:

"Entering the greenish water made me realize that the [visibility] was not that great until the school came in sight," van Uffelen wrote. "What an awesome spectacle to see! There must have been 400 of them schooling together close to the surface.

An epic migration of modula stingrays. Photo by Joost van Uffelen/Caters News

An epic migration of mobula stingrays. Photo: Joost van Uffelen/Caters News

"Sandy entered the water as well and soon I got some nice shots from her freediving with the animals as well. We could keep close to the rays for about five minutes and then they were off into the deep."

The two had just been preparing to each lunch when the mobula stingrays appeared. It was definitely a welcomed interruption.

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