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This image was taken in the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives. Reef mantas (manta alfredi) are one of the largest of the ray species with the largest brain-to-body ratio of the sharks, rays and skates (Elasmobranchii). In the Maldives they can be seen across the region but are becoming increasingly cautious as a result of the number of divers in the water. For me, they look ike ´fairies of the sea´ and never cease to hold great wonder. This shot was taken when I decided to jump off the dive boat without scuba equipment and freedived down to meet this peaceful manta. I let the ocean gently bring me up without finning leaving her enough space to come as close as she wanted. After a week of numerous encounters with mantas It is interesting how markedly different these animals behave without noisy equipment. Almost like curious children.. For most of the time I waited for her at the surface until she felt curious enough to come closer.

This image was taken in the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives. Reef mantas (manta alfredi) are one of the largest of the ray species with the largest brain-to-body ratio of the sharks, rays and skates (Elasmobranchii). In the Maldives they can be seen across the region but are becoming increasingly cautious as a result of the number of divers in the water. For me, they look ike ´fairies of the sea´ and never cease to hold great wonder. This shot was taken when I decided to jump off...
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