Manta Rays – See you soon, buddies!
A famous song titled “All Good Things Come to an End” comes to my mind when I realise that other 6 months have passed by and another Manta Season has come to an end. It ended in a wonderful way.
In one of our last attempts to see Manta Rays we travelled all the way to the North of Baa Atoll to follow the tracks of the rays. Based on previous days sightings we had a lot of expectation, but as we went out, everything was really calm, perfectly flat sea, sun shining an no track of the rays anywhere… After 30 minutes on our speedboat, our experienced captain Dhonbe, turns the boat and here it goes, 2 beautiful Manta Rays crossing the ocean surface. We jump in to check what they are doing and the two beauties are feeding on some yummy plankton… they keep moving around, barrel rolling, cruising the surface, diving down to then come up elsewhere. The water is incredible and it’s just the few of us and the researchers from Manta Trust.
And finally after a season of trying and a season of choppy sea, the perfect conditions allowed me to take an acceptable half and half shot and video of the Manta Rays and the sky.
As I am swimming I feel these may be my last Manta Rays of the season as I am going away for a Coral Restoration Course held by the MaRHE Centre from the University of Magoodhoo.
Bye Bye Manta Rays, see you soon. We had another incredible season together!
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