Manta Silhouette-flying past the sun at noon by shellfish

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Manta ray (manta birostris) caught in mid flight as it flew above my head on the corner of a bay……wonderful!
These rays often have remora fish attached to them by a special sucking disc in the place of a dorsal fin – you can see 2 of their tail fins in the silhouetee of the manta above.The remora hitch a ride and use the manta for transport, protection and there is discussion as to wether the remora lives on food debris that the manta eats or if it waits until any food has been digested and lives on it’s faeces.

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  • Matt Scott
    Matt Scottabout 3 years ago

    Just one word for this… WOW

  • shellfish
    shellfishabout 3 years ago

    Thanks Matt – much appreciated! So nice to get some good feedback so soon!

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 3 years ago

    How beautiful!!

  • Thanks Ellen – the fisheye again!

    – shellfish

  • islefox
    islefoxabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot! the light is great

  • Thanks alot for your positive comments!!

    – shellfish

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured!!!!! :)))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Thanks, Vicki – it was a lovely surprise to see it during the dive & I was very pleased with the outcome – thanks again!

    – shellfish

  • cotterell
    cotterellabout 3 years ago

    I only started Scuba diving last year and am already a PADI advanced diver with Dry Suit and Nitrox qualifications. I love diving!! However all of this pales into insignificance because I have yet to see a Manta Ray and you have produced art from one of nature’s most amazing creatures. I love this photograph.

  • Hi Stephen – many thanks for your lovely comments! You have it all to come!! I have been diving for some years now & it seems you have the bug and the appreciation of it too….I never tire of it….I still get excited before each dive even though I’ve kitted up thousands of times – it’s such a privilege – keep getting in – your manta will come!!

    – shellfish

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredabout 3 years ago

    This is just incredible. So spectacular!

  • Thanks so much Josie – it was a special moment – so lucky I got to capture it!!

    – shellfish

  • Todd Krebs
    Todd Krebsabout 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!! Fav!

  • Thanks Todd for your kind comments!! And for favoriting it! Have had a look at your page – your work is amazing – so you will know that feeling when I took this shot – I have a series of them which I may upload – I had such a great time taking them, the mood of the dive was amazing, I thought it was looking good when I took it but was really pleased once I was back on the boat – the shot captured the manta flying overhead as I had experienced it – one of those dives you won’t forget!

    – shellfish

  • Eileen O'Rourke
    Eileen O'Rourkeabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot. Fav.

  • Thanks alot Eileen!!

    – shellfish

  • Christian Eccleston
    Christian Eccl...about 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Christian!

    – shellfish

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