PHOTOGRAPHER, EDUCATOR, CONSERVATIONIST, HUMAN

Welcome to the digital home of Baja California Sur based underwater photographer Jay Clue. We’re currently in the process of rolling out the new website. Over the next few weeks we’ll be launching an online shop to purchase prints, a new travel & photography blog, as well as a project section to keep up to date with Jay’s ongoing projects and how you can get involved. In the meantime have a look around a feel free to give us a shout with any questions.

How sweet is this baby whale snuggling her mom?  Sometimes the ocean surprises us and reminds us we all need a little love. Last week in Socorro one morning we spotted this mother and calf relaxing near shore. I sent up the drone and found the calf was rubbing against her mom and rolling around her nose. Whale moms are very tactile with their young. When the mom is resting or sleeping the baby will leave her side to go up to the surface and breathe, while swimming in a half circle before going back down to her other side and rub against mom to let her know she’s safe.  Shot on the @djiglobal Mavic 3
Wrapping up another epic trip to Socorro. Curious mantas, playful dolphins, tons of sharks, and the list just goes on and on. These incredible islands really are unlike anywhere else in the world. 
This blackjack found a peculiar hiding place just below the mouth of this oceanic manta at Roca Partida. We watched as it followed the manta around staying in the same spot even as the manta did a backflip. That’s some dedication!  Shot on the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 with @nauticamhousings WACP-1 and Sony’s 28-60mm f4 lens at f6.3, 1/250s, iso 640 using @seaandseaimaging YS-D3 Mk II strobes
Back on land from another epic trip to the Revillagigedo! This oceanic manta came swimming up to me as I was just getting in the water at Cabo Pearce in Socorro. She then spent the next 46 minutes alternating between getting cleaned by Clarion angelfish and playing with us. Sometimes she wanted to just get a little bubble bath, other times coming right up to my mask to check me out. These incredibly magical islands never cease to amaze me no matter how many times I visit them. Massive thanks to all the awesome humans that made it such a fun trip!  Shot at f6.3, 1/200s, ISO320 on the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 using the Sony 28-60mm f4 with @nauticamhousings WACP-1 and @seaandsea YS-D3 Mk II Strobes
Sunset reflections in @deathvalleynps  Love capturing candid human moments like these 2 watching the sunset reflect off Badwater Basin together. Tag someone you want to explore Death Valley with.  Captured on the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 using the Sony 100-400 GM lens on a @sliktripods CF Pro 834 at 300mm, f11, 2s, ISO 100.
Little sneak preview from last night in Death Valley.  Over 10,000 years ago an ancient lake once flowed here that reached over 600ft deep. Today it’s home to the Badwater Basin salt flats, one of the lowest points on earth at 282ft below sea level. In late August, a massive storm ravaged Death Valley National Park leaving behind a shallow body of water across most of Badwater Basin. These flood waters mixed with endless bright white salt and clear winter skies that are filled with thousands of stars create such a surreal environment. It feels like you’re standing on miles of mirrors with stars just reflecting all around you.  Captured in a single shot using the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 with the Sony 20mm f1.8 G lens at f2, 10s, iso 3200 on a @sliktripods PRO CF-834 tripod  👨‍🚀: @stanmoniz
Last week I was finally able to try something I had been dreaming about for over a year—using my rebreather to dive with the jacks of Cabo Pulmo. What you are looking at is commonly called a jack tornado. This spawning behavior sees a massive school of jacks begin circling just above the sand then spiraling al the way up to the surface some 18 meters (60 feet) above. It’s believed that the behavior acts as a funnel, keeping eggs and sperm together within the tornado while also helping create better mixing of genetic diversity.  I’ve dived Cabo Pulmo hundreds of times over my years living in Baja, but diving it on a closed circuit rebreather (CCR) was unlike any other dive I’ve ever experienced there. Normally the jacks and other fish tend to move away from scuba divers, dodging their bubbles and breaking up their courtship displays. But on CCR the jacks constantly moved towards me, almost as if they were trying to pull me into their tornado. 🌪️  Captured on the @diverite84 O2ptima CM CCR using the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 with @Nauticamhousings WACP-1 at 1/250s, f7.1, and ISO200 using 2x @seaandsea_official YS-D3 MK II strobes and custom white balance.
First time back in Los Islotes in almost a year and man did I miss those salty sea pups! After a crazy few months all over the world it’s great to finally be back home in Baja.  This shot was taken in a little cave where a lot of the sea lion pups congregate. It can be a bit difficult to shoot inside as it’s very dark, so I waited just on the edge of the light facing into the dark, for the pups to come check me out. This way I’d be shooting them on an almost jet black background.  Shot on the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 using the Sony 28-60mm f4 with @nauticamhousings WACP-1 at 1/250s, f7.1, iso 320 using 2 @seaandseaimaging YS D3 Mk II strobes shifted towards the left side and top of the camera to create a more dramatic lighting effect.
Super stoked to see one of my shots in @natgeo today!  A couple years ago myself and @shawnheinrichs were out documenting mobulas for a new conservation project when we came across a mating behavior I had never seen in my years of working with mobulas. We quietly got in to the water and began to capture photos and videos of the special event. Since then we have kept the photos and videos a secret while my awesome friend & incredible mobula scientist, Marta of @mobulaconservation and her team began working on a research paper about it - which was just published. 🥳 Check out my story today for the National Geographic article with more info on the story as well as the research paper! And stay tuned next week for a behind the scenes look of the encounter.  Captured on the @sonyalpha a7R IV with  @nauticamhousings
Upwards of 15ft /5m and weighing up to a ton (900+ kg) when born humpback whale calfs are some of the largest babies on our planet. But what really sets them apart is their playful & inquisitive nature. These young ocean titans will hide below their mom slowly peaking their head out curiously checking you out at the surface. Then before you can realize what’s going on she’s swimming up to you doing barrel rolls and flips, playing in the waves around you. Sharing these moments in the water with them has to be one of the most beautiful experiences on earth.  Captured on the @sonyalpha Alpha 1 with the @nauticamhousings WACP-1 at f9, 1/320s, iso 640 using natural light.

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