Holidaying photographers capture incredible moment their lunch is interrupted by a school of 400 stingrays

Talk about a school crashing the party! These two photographers had their lunch interrupted by a spectacular school of stingrays while holidaying in Mexico.

Joost van Uffelen and his partner Sandy van de Water, spotted the school of rays on their way to lunch after they’d spent the morning photographing dolphins close to Isla Espirito Santo in the Sea of Cortez.

Joost van Uffelen and his partner Sandy van de Water had their lunch interrupted by a spectacular school of stingrays

Joost van Uffelen and his partner Sandy van de Water had their lunch interrupted by a spectacular school of stingrays

Joost, the 30-year-old underwater photographer, said: “It was a truly awesome spectacle to see!

“Having had our fill of dolphins we made our way to the other side of the island and cruised towards a place to have our well-deserved lunch.

“Before we reached the beach we noticed new movement on the surface.

“Little white tips broke the surface over a large surface area and now and then a mobula jumped high into the air to splash back into the water soon thereafter.

Joost, the 30-year-old underwater photographer, said: "It was a truly awesome spectacle to see!"

Joost, the 30-year-old underwater photographer, said: “It was a truly awesome spectacle to see!”

“It turned out to be a huge school of mobulas and was exactly what we had been hoping for!

“Quickly I grabbed fins and masks then I urged the captain to drop us close to the school of fish.

There were approximately 400 stingrays schooling together close to the surface

There were approximately 400 stingrays schooling together close to the surface

“Entering the greenish water made me realise that the visibility was not that great until the school came in sight.

“It was magnificent and well worth delaying lunch!”

The pair spotted the school of rays on their way to lunch after they'd spent the morning photographing dolphins

The pair spotted the school of rays on their way to lunch after they’d spent the morning photographing dolphins

There were approximately 400 stingrays schooling together close to the surface.

Sandy entered the water to swim amongst the rays while Joost took photographs of her freediving with the majestic fish.

“We could keep close to the rays for about 5 minutes and then they were off into the deep.”

The pair also encountered some more bottlenose dolphins in the shallows which happily accompanied their boat.