Mobula Rays (Mobula sp.)
… which are closely related to Manta Rays, leaping like crazy motherfuckers out of the water off the Coast of Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico. :3
(photo: Cptn. Ricardo Espinosa Orozco-Reo)
Basking sharks freak me out.
Well done Captain Khan, what a catch. I’m really glad you got the baby in your hands as well otherwise I wouldn’t have thought you were such a big strong man without a superiority complex.
I shouldn’t. I wasn’t there, I don’t know the state of the oceanic manta population in 1933, I don’t know if you caught it on purpose, I don’t know if from then on you dedicated your life to something honorable. I shouldn’t but I completely judge you for this. In a bad way.
Know your rays!
Leave bubbles, not handprints…
“Unfortunately it’s [manta rays’] gill rakers which make mantas a target for unsustainable fishing. Traded for use in Chinese medicine, the market for gill rakers is on the rise.” (via Magnificent Manta Rays Deserve a Big Shout Out | Project AWARE)
The Aden Gulf Torpedo (Torpedo sinuspersici) is an species of electric ray found in shallow ocean waters near India and South Africa. It uses electric shock to stun the fish on which it preys. It has eyes even smaller than the small holes on the top of its head used for breathing during its rests on the ocean floor. It does not swim like most rays, but rather more like a shark.