A Ray Interlude

(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.

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An aerial view of our every morning visitors. We had the primo spot of the anchorage for sure!

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Me waiting on the step for a little room to slip into the water.

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HIgh five!

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Oceanna and her ray friends.

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Nice doggy.

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10 comments

  1. The photos of the manta pas de deux are wonderful. Hats off to our aquatic ballerina and her partner.

    1. Ha thanks Dave! I have to work on my grace. Greg is way prettier underwater than me!

  2. Incredible pics!
    What a great experience you are having. Every once in a while pinch yourself and say “look at what we are doing!”

    1. Oh you know we do! Thanks for checking in on the adventure.

  3. Mick Loch · · Reply

    Unbelievable pictures guys ….keep en coming. Miss you guys in NC

    Mick

  4. Had coffee with Greg’s parents today and we were discussing how amazing the Manta Rays are. Enjoy swimming with your new friends!

    1. We enjoyed it so much! Glad they’re bringing excitement all the way back home in Kelowna!

  5. Sarah G. "Stu" Schmidt · · Reply

    Lovin’ the rays. Maybe they’re your version of Frankie’s Jessicas?

  6. Kathy and Ken · · Reply

    Those are million dollar pictures! What an incredible experience!

    1. Those rays had a great photographer! It was so neat. Glad you enjoyed the onslaught of pictures. I had a hard time picking and choosing!

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