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Despite the over worn cliche, Mantas really are "Gentle Giants". 12 feet (4 meters) or more in wing span they are filter feeders. They like bubbles (which terrify sharks) and to be touched by divers. Touching them is now strictly prohibited by the Mexican government. Like most pelagics, they are disappearing from the Indo-Pacific region, but seem to be holding on in these remote, but closely protected Mexican waters. There is a remora attached to the underside, and a Clarion Angelfish cleaning parasites from the Manta. The Clarion Angelfish is about 1 foot (1/3 meter) in length.

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Tom Munson15-Feb-2014 16:09
Cool shot, Hal. I have seem huge pods of these at Christmas Island, when I used to fish for Bonefish.
joseantonio15-Feb-2014 06:06
Thank you for showing us these beauties and always great to learn with you.V.
J Ponces15-Feb-2014 05:56
Yes, they are really amazing! In 2010, one chose to play with me and my buddy! They were over 50 divers in the water, she only showed herself to us! We got really close! But when she touched me (by accident) with the fin, it was like being struck by a train! V