Manta ray performs acrobatic display of thanks for divers

03.09.2015 07:05
Kategorie: News

Animal had fishing lines wrapped around its body

Manta Ray - © Brad Holland
In May 2015, dive instructor Paul Slater was on a group dive near Cocos Island, 550km off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica when a giant manta ray happened to swim by.

Being a marine sanctuary, it was not unusual to see giant rays in the water. However, this ray had several fishing lines wrapped around its body. The lines had been there for some time, for some of them had cut deep into its flesh.

Seeing this, Slater swam over to the ray from behind and cut away one of the lines. Perhaps startled, the ray swam away, but the divers were not deterred, determined to help it. Soon, the ray slowed down, and the divers swiftly cut away the rest of the ropes.

Eventually, the ray was free from the ropes. It swam around the divers performing barrel rolls in gratitude before swimming away into the Pacific Ocean.