Firstly, this is the largest manta ray I’ve ever seen swimming. Secondly, it’s amazing that he comes to the diver for help and help is delivered.
Divers off the coast of Central America have filmed the extraordinary moment a manta ray appeared to ‘ask for help’ in removing a piece of fishing net stuck to its body.
Brazilian Thomaz Monteiro, 25, and Canadian Brian Thompson were swimming around Bat Island off the coast of Costa Rica when the manta glided towards them.
“There are no words to describe this feeling,” Mr Monteiro told ninemsn.
But it was Prof Thompson who performed the precarious task of unhooking the net from the belly of the large ocean animal.
After it is finally unhooked from the net, the manta ray glides towards the sunlight and stays close to the divers for about 30 minutes.
“All the divers felt a deep connection with this amazing animal,” Mr Monteiro said.
My only personal experience with manta rays is when I’ve been kayak fishing the flats in Florida and mistook them for sharks. The things are so damn massive that from afar you just see little fins popping out of the surface when they’re hovering over the grass foraging for whatever. Really used to scare the shit out of me as a pretween when I’d be out there alone in a tiny ass kayak trying to catch seatrout when I’d see fins popping up everywhere, and get to thinking that I was about to be overtaken by a school of sharks.
But that’s just a story about me being a huge pussy as a little kid, not this incredible story of an manta ray bridging the gaps of the animal kingdom and coming to a human for help. Let’s see a few more of those highlights in GIF, shall we?
The Manta Ray Approaches:
Scuba Diver begins to offer help:
The recognition that the divers are there to help and subsequent freeing from the fishing line:
As a final note I’d just like to point out that if you’re a fisherman, and you don’t clean up after yourself and let line or tackle get lost in the ocean, you’re a complete fucking asshole and I hope you get attacked by a shark one day. I know there are times when you can’t help it and things break off. But if you’re ever leaving your gear behind out of laziness I really, truly hope you get struck by lightning while stuck at sea.
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