A giant manta ray caught marine biologist Josh Stewart totally off guard a few days ago in a remote area of Peru. Stewart swam underneath the 15-foot manta 's belly for identification purposes when suddenly the unexpected happened.
Stewart explained, “I was just swimming down as I usually do to capture a manta ID shot and before I knew it, I was engulfed in the wings of this massive manta as I tumbled through the water.I suffered no injuries but it was certainly a big surprise.”
Marine conservationist and cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs of WildAid captured the rare event with his camera and said, "In all my years of filming and interacting with manta rays, I have never witnessed such an extraordinary interaction between a manta ray and a swimmer.”
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