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Learn About the Different Types of Rays

By January 8, 2013

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The staff videographer on our dive shouted my name through her regulator and began to flap both arms wildly around in the universal "ray" signal. We usually see stingrays on our ocean dives, so I couldn't imagine why she was losing her cool over one. I stared at her, confused. Then she pointed up. Over our heads circled a giant manta ray! The creature swam in gentle circles, darting in and out of our bubbles, playing. The curious manta ray spent nearly five minutes above my dive group as we hung in the water, transfixed by its dance. The divers were buzzing with excitement as we boarded our dive boat after the dive. "Did you see the stingray?" Someone shouted enthusiastically. Silly diver, I thought, that wasn't a stingray that was a manta ray! Manta rays aren't stingrays! Or are they? Read more

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