Incredible pictures show a fever of thousands of Mobula rays, additionally known as devil rays swimming in close-to-perfect formation just off the Mexican shore.
Ocean photographer Nadia Aly has taken the pictures, based on news reports. Aly, 35, had been swimming for four hours close to the group in Baja California, Mexico when she snapped the pics.
“It is extremely uncommon to get an encounter like this, with this many rays, in near-perfect visibility,” Aly stated in comments obtained by the news. “I estimate that there have been over 10,000 rays. They have been additionally not as skittish as they normally are.”
Closely associated with sharks, Mobula rays are difficult to film and are considered shy. Mobula rays are often mistaken for manta rays and have been known to fly out of the ocean, based on scientists at Boston University.
It is unclear why Mobula rays jump out of the ocean; however, some theories include removing parasites from their bodies, exercise, mating rituals, hunting, and being playful.
Based on Our Seas Our Future Charitable Trust, Mobula rays, which have described by some fishermen as “flying tortillas” for their aquatic acrobatics, can jump as high as 6 ft out of the water, before belly-flopping back into the ocean.
The largest rays within the species can reach as much as 17 ft from tip to tip and are sometimes found in temperate and tropical waters around the globe.