Magazine article Geographical

Magnificent Mantas

Magazine article Geographical

Magnificent Mantas

Article excerpt

Roughly 24 years ago, I boarded a train in Sydney and headed up Australia's east coast with a group of fellow members of the University of Sydney's Biological Society. We eventually disembarked in Gladstone in Queensland, where we boarded a disconcertingly small boat and wobbled our way across to Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Not long before I left Sydney, I had gained my diving qualification, and over the next week, I put it to good use, kitting up and heading underwater at every available opportunity. It was on one of these many dives that I had an encounter that will remain with me forever. As my buddy and I swam past an extensive coral garden, we spotted a large, dark shape moving slowly over the white sand ahead. In the clear, sparkling water, it was obvious what it was--a manta ray. With a wingspan of at least five metres, it was an impressive, indeed intimidating, sight and as I slowly swam towards it to get a better look, I kept calm by repeatedly telling myself, 'It's a filter feeder, it's filter feeder . …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.