(Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata, Marquesas, French Polynesia)
I know there’s probably been enough pictures of the manta rays already, but I just can’t help myself. They keep showing up every morning, we keep having incredible dives with them, and the pictures just keep coming!
We’re now on our third consecutive morning and I’ve developed an, as it stands, fool-proof theory to spotting wildlife. The trick is to purchase some type of local handicraft depicting the particular animal you would like to see and they will simply come to you! Sounds to good to be true I know, though it has worked flawlessly for us both times we’ve implemented this particular technique. The first time we bought a painting of two scarlet macaws in Costa Rica only to run into a tree full of the striking birds the very next day. And then we traded Temo for an exquisite wood carving of a manta ray only to be treated to repeat morning dives with them a short week later.
Now I know a theory can’t be founded on two case studies, so I’ve got my eye out for a nice piece of artwork showing a gleaming brick of gold. Not necessarily wildlife but I’m willing to broaden the specifics of the theory if it works.