Thursday 18 October 2018

Watch this massive ray surprise a fisherman by leaping out of the water twice

What a sight.

A ray jumps out of the water in Texas (Mark DeLaRosa, YouTube/MDLR Fishing)
A ray jumps out of the water in Texas (Mark DeLaRosa, YouTube/MDLR Fishing)

By Edd Dracott and Max McLean

When most people think of animals jumping out of the water, they probably imagine dolphins – not many picture a giant ray leaping through the air with majesty.

Well, not until now, anyway.

Mark DeLaRosa, 42, from Texas, is a YouTube fisherman (MDLR Fishing) who was in his fishing kayak when one friendly customer decided to say hello.

“I thought it was a dolphin playing around,” Mark told the Press Association of the creature, which he now believes to have been a young Manta Ray.

“I estimate that it was approximately six feet wide, which is half the size of my fishing kayak,” he continued. “At the time I didn’t know, but after looking it up when I got home, I quickly learned that they are playful creatures and very inquisitive.

“My guess was that it was curious about my kayak and went airborne to get a better look.”

Mark has had encounters with creatures like bottlenose dolphins on his travels, but said that this experience was his most exciting with wildlife so far.

Press Association

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