A chance encounter with Manta Rays

November 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Boating and fishing in Nhulunbuy

This weekend Gav and I took the boat out for a quick spin intending to do an hour or so of fishing just to check if the new propeller (and other boat bits I don't understand - something about a drive shaft??) were functioning correctly before taking other people out with us. 

It turned out to be one of the best days on the water that we have had since moving to Nhulunbuy! Normally when we head out ocean fishing I don't take my camera with me as there's very little to see and if I do I take my wide angle so that I can capture our catch (with my lens as well as my lure)! For some strange reason a random thought process that I had made me empty out my camera bag so that I could throw in my big bazooka lens (Tamron 150-600mm). 

Manta RaysManta RaysStumbled across about 10 manta rays whilst out fishing one day near West Woody island.

Manta Rays

We putted out past West Woody island and in the distance Gav thought he saw a whale. When we got closer we realised that there were Manta Rays all around us and that our whale was actually a school of rays! Some of them were bigger than our boat. 

So many words sprang to mind watching them floating and gliding around us. Elegant, graceful, agile and yet none quite suffice. At that stage I was so grateful I'd packed the camera and that particular lens! The universe was definitely working in my favour. 

Afterwards I was quite intrigued to know more about them; at the time I didn't even know what there classification is or what a group of them is called. Apparently they are fish, the same as sharks, and therefore a group of them is a school. 

Here's a couple of links I found with some interesting facts about Manta Rays and a couple of my own pics from the day. Enjoy! p.s. we also caught two 1 metre + Jewfish and 4 tuna! Cracking day :)

Manta Ray Links

Manta Ray World

Amazing Facts about Manta Rays

Manta RaysManta RaysGav and I were privileged to witness this school of manta rays whilst out fishing one day. Manta Rays in the wildManta Rays in the wildA school of manta rays dropped past our boat this weekend to say hello. Amazing!


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