Morning Manta Rays

(Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata, Marquesas, French Polynesia)

It’s becoming the norm to wake up to Greg whispering to me about something in the water. Today was no exception, and today’s topic of whispering was truly impressive.

This morning was offering up beautiful morning light, brilliant blue water, and big, graceful manta rays. The mantas were such an incredible sight. It was as if we had parked perfectly on the edge of their morning grazing grounds. They circled and looped, and seemingly soared all around the water inches off the back of our steps. Greg, wasting no time, slipped into the water with the five of them and caught some incredible pictures. Their size and ease in the water is something to be admired. They turn on a dime with the smallest of adjustments to their fins and their unique form and astonishing presence has you reminding yourself you’re in water as they fly through the wet sky with impeccable style.

I’m quickly running out of superlatives to properly describe what it was to see and swim with them so I’m just going to have to stop. Just let it be known it was wonderful.

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A ray soaring over Greg’s head with Oceanna sitting in the hazy background.

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A ray and the ever-present school of fish under our hulls.

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Graceful and odd-looking at all once.

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Man these guys were cool!

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They truly are remarkable to behold.

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Oceanna looks good with rays swimming around.

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Diving through the water.

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Geared up watching the rays swim around and around.

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After the morning ray adventure Greg went out a reef and brought home lunch! Octopus anyone?

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With a octopus as bait, and Oceanna sitting right over a little reef, we couldn’t not catch these little snapper. Cast the line, bring up a little guy for a hello, let him back to his home, then do it all over!

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