A very pretty spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) cruising the bottom.
A juvenile Coastal manta ray (Manta alfredi)...pure grace and beauty in the water.
Whitetip reef shark, b/w study
This young M. alfredi was encouraging the attentions of a cleaner wrasse when we had our encounter...seemed almost curious about me. The wingspan on this individual is about two meters...just a baby!
Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), caught making an abrubt turn...
Juvenile Coastal manta ray (Manta alfredi)...
Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus)
And the beauty glides away...
Manta birostris--with wings outstretched you can really see the dramatic pattern on this young ray. My subjective impression is that the smaller animals seem to have more pronounced markings than the larger adult rays.
Coastal manta rays (Manta alfredi) b/w study
Manta birostris, making a graceful turn...
M birostris, b/w study
A juvenile Pelagic manta ray (Manta birostris), feeding on zooplankton and getting curious about the photographer. This young one was good enough to keep me company for some time...and there are few more beautiful underwater dancers.
Juvenile Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), with an Agile chromis (Chromis agilis) swimming in the upper left
As M. birostris turns to one side and passes me, you can see the wide-open gill slits, allowing water funneling into the mouth and over the filtering gill rakers to then be expelled during feeding.
Manta rays lend themselves to black and white composition...
Coastal manta ray (Manta alfredi)
Coastal manta ray (Manta alfredi), b/w study
Raymanta raymanta birostris