Flight of the rays

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Runner-up 2010

Behaviour: All Other Animals

Florian Schulz, Germany

Flight of the rays

This astonishing aerial view of a massive congregation of Munk’s devil rays was taken over the Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. It’s not unusual to see these smaller relatives of the manta ray somersault out of the water – locals call them tortillas because of the way they slap down into the water. But as this wonderful perspective shows, for all the individuals leaping out that are visible at sea level, there are many more below the surface. ‘When I first saw this wildlife phenomenon from the distance,’ says Florian, ‘I was not sure what I was looking at. The ocean was boiling. It was hard to tell how many rays there were, because the shoal must have been as thick as it was wide.’ And this image shows only a quarter of the whole scene – Florian cropped the photo to emphasize just how concentrated the rays were. No one knows why the rays gather like this, whether to mate, herd prey or migrate or just for the sheer joy of being together.

Technical specification

Nikon D3X + 200-400mm f4 lens; 1/800 sec at f4.5; ISO 800.

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This is it, the most awaiting and exciting part of the trip began in the second day. SNORKELING TIME! I could not hold the excitement when the guide said we were going to snorkeling the whole day to hoping between the islands and see what’s there under the water. The “holiday” I had was not what some people expect to have the time lying on the beach while reading a book lazily, the four days three nights were full of activities. I never woke up above 6.30 am and never slept below 12.00 am. I didn’t want to waste the time not to do any activities in this adventure and after had dinner in the evening our group were sitting together, chit chat, sharing about each of our life, that definitely glued us easily although some of us haven’t ever met before with these lovely people below:

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