Manta Ray Buries Itself Beneath The Sand And Goes Invisible Mode

Caters_NewsPublished: December 7, 2017218 views
Published: December 7, 2017

An underwater footage has emerged of a manta ray scooting beneath the surface of the sand. Waiting to grab a quick meal from a nearby fisherman, the ray camouflages itself perfectly in the sea bed. Moments later, after the cloud of sand, that the manta ray kicked up, settles it is impossible to recognise the large sea creature that was floating along just moments before. The magic of camouflage has once again proved successful!

Spanish biology student Jorge Mendoza, 20, and his girlfriend filmed this video just off the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands while they were on a holiday. They went snorkeling and spotted the wandering manta ray so they decided to follow this creature in hopes it will lead them to others.

Eventually the couple split up and Jorge’s girlfriend kept following this manta ray and swam over four other rays to finally get surrounded by six of them, all five feet long. She actually got a little nervous when she realised that she was surrounded without noticing. Hopefully these creatures are not dangerous unless you try to harm them.

Jorge admits that it was a real pleasure having the chance to swim with these fantastic and beautiful creatures. He was actually very good at snorkeling and practiced it since he was a kid and was also diving for fun. He has experienced the close presence of manta rays many times and has observed them plenty of times before, witnessing the moment when they bury themselves beneath the sand and go invisible.

Manta rays are used to humans and that is why they allow you to get so close to them. Often times they rest covered in sand near the area where fishermen clean their fish so they can grab a quick and easy meal. They are sneaky too!

Manta rays are large rays with triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are found in warm temperate, subtropical and tropical waters. They are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim.

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