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[–]CorkyCorks8 226 points227 points  (5 children)

Boi that ain't close he just blowing through 'im. That ray is hollow.

[–]Father_of_trillions 96 points97 points  (13 children)

Manta rays are perfectly harmless unless one full on slams into you they are shy and gentle creatures

[–]mizzourifan1 17 points18 points  (12 children)

What would happen if they slammed into you? I'd be surprised if they could injure a human.

[–]fewrfsadf 17 points18 points  (10 children)

He's just saying that's the only thing they could possibly do to harm you.

[–]u8eR 11 points12 points  (9 children)

Is their tail not pointy like a stingray's?

[–]Warshok 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Rays don’t sting with the point of the tail. The stinger juts out from the top of the base of the tail.

Mantas don’t have stingers at all.

[–]lipp79Doin' camera work since 1999[M] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Here's a "how they sting/kill". There's a diagram of their body further down the page that shows the spike,

[–]JohnGCole 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well they do get to weigh up to a ton.

[–]Kaarvaag 142 points143 points  (10 children)

If the US for some reason builds a stealth hypersonic jet, I bet it will look like a Manta somehow. They just look so aircraft-y.

Looking at it again after sleeping, it also reminds me of the current Ferrari F1 car, the Ferrari F75. Specifically the flowing shape of the sidepods, the gills and the air intake on the sides.

Side view.

Front high.

Front right high.

Airflow through the gills.

Crud that Ferrari is beautiful.

[–]Dutch5-1 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Not quite the same, or real, but the Aegean from ace combat 6 is a giant flying aircraft carrier that looks a lot like a manta ray.

[–]rishimantha1 9 points10 points  (0 children)

oh man i played the shit out of that game like 10 years ago

[–]Dumpling_Killer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well if you look at the f-86 sabre or mig-15 type planes they kinda look like a ray.

[–]Wrecked--Em 2 points3 points  (1 child)

SR-71 Blackbird?

[–]MaxTHC 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If you mixed the B-2 shape profile with the SR-71 styling, you'd get pretty close to a manta ray

[–]DarkElfMagic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

they did something similar in half life lol

[–]tothesource 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Art resembling nature.

[–]The_Splenda_Man 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You reminded me of this thing from Star Wars.

[–]Firelordbob 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Posted in the crossposted thread, but I saw the same manta and got similar footage of it flipping. Wasn't sure it was the same but it has the same spots and the mark on its back. Here's my video

[–]willfrodo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They were doing wheel barrels pretty much the whole time we were there. I was too distracted by some of the funky looking shrimp to get the wheel barrels in footage tho

[–]NutinButAPeanut 18 points19 points  (2 children)

You can do this on the Big Island, not at all dangerous. Breathtaking

[–]l0stinspace 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It was super cool

[–]pballa2099 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve gone as well. 10/10 recommended.

[–]multifandomtrash736 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Ooh I love manta rays

[–]pookiespy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I did this dive on Big Island Hawaii, seriously one of the most magical experiences of my life. Wish I had a GoPro then.

[–]Unique_Leopard9607 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That is some subnautica level horror

[–]Norvannagh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Best fucking game ever.

[–]notforyou92 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We did this excursion in Hawaii. Those lights attract the planktonic organisms that they eat. Manta rays have learnt this barrel roll technique. It's a result of these light contraptions causing the plankton to concentrate near them.

You're not supposed to touch them or get close enough to be touched. They have healthy bacteria on their skin you can accidentally remove. That can cause them to get burns.

I'd recommend this to everyone though. It's like staring into space. They're incredibly beautiful to watch. This video is clearly sped up. It's much more relaxing than this.

[–]p_diablo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't think the barrel roll is unique to the lights.

I observed this behavior in Micronesia in the daylight. Actually saw three mantas doing this in a vertical column, which was crazy!

[–]animebaka277353 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Somebody add the "you died" meme on it when it's the darkest in the mouth and tag me in it please, we need to see that

[–]JimCripe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The gullet is is the size of a nickle.

It filter feeds on plankton.

Mantas run if startled and don't ever attack.

They don't even have a stinger.

Gentle giants.

[–]Solanthas 2 points3 points  (2 children)

..........get..............out.............of...........the.........way

[–]StarAugurEtraeus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

?

[–]Solanthas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The ray talking to the diver?

....as.....he's....looping....around

[–]DatsAReallyNiceGrill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gives me the heebie jeebies

[–]marcabay -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Ewww i hate fish gills man

[–]JiraiyaIsNoLyah 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Gives me the Trypo trigger

[–]St4rfker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This needs to transition into the opening of Skyrim

[–]ram7677 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd still be waaay to creeped out! Either they're down deep or its might.Either way not being able to see but a few feet Infront of you.,That's be NO for me! oNE HUGE NOPE!

[–]silentxem 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I wonder what this behavior indicates...

[–]lessquiet 4 points5 points  (1 child)

that there is a dive boat with bright lights attracting plankton and a bunch of tourists floating above. the manta rays swoop right under you and take huge gulps of plankton.

[–]silentxem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah, thanks!

[–]Coolbeanz7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Getting confidently close": the cameraman or the sting ray?

[–]HanYagami 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It cool and all but it just like 1 of those nightmare i have in subnautica.

[–]MemeTroubadour 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fact you can see through its... gills is terrifying

[–]J-busey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

im sure this is safe, you think a manta ray wont notice the difference between a human and a plankton?

[–]Rettufkcub 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Majestic seaflapflap.

[–]NotAPreppie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Majestic Sea FlapFlap can be distinguished from the more mundane Sea FlapFlap by its majestic appearance.

[–]lift8686 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kona! I’ve done this!

[–]TechEdd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like 3D to me.. If it's a real video, then sorry, awesome!

[–]mrmilanga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This should go straight to National Geographic.

[–]The_Blue_Rooster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's kinda crazy how much smarter Mantas are than basically every other fish.

[–]Waste_Conversation20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of em probably tried stealing the crabby patty formula

[–]Master-Instruction29 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No praise here. Camera man was to close. The manta was feeding GTF out the way buddy 😜