Scuba diving is one of my favourite ways to spend my time. It's a visit to another world teeming with amazing colours and creatures. It's blue and you get to blow bubbles. It's a breath-centered moving meditation. In short, it's like a form of yoga - but with fish!
This holiday I was blessed to spend some time with some of the rarest creatures beneath the waves: the majestic rays. In particular, a large and beautiful Eagle Ray, and a gathering of Reef Manta Rays. Be still my heart!! Witnessing the magnificence of these creatures underwater is an absolutely amazing experience and one I will never forget. It really hits home just how precious the oceans are and just how little we know about them and the amazing creatures who live there.
So here are some pictures for you all to enjoy!
Did you know...
- Rays are related to sharks, but they have no teeth! They use a type of filter to feed exclusively on plankton and other microscopic organisms.
- Manta rays and stingrays are related, but Mantas no longer have a stinger.
- Mantas are the largest rays. The Giant Manta can be up to 25 feet in length, and they "fly" through the water using their wing-like fins.
PS - yes, I did see a Komodo dragon. Horrible lizard. I much prefer what's under the water.