Gentle Manta Ray Entangled in Fishing Line Approaches Human Divers For Assistance

When divers from Oceano Video Sub were exploring underwater in Bat Islands, Costa Rica, they were approached by a manta ray asking for help in escaping the fishing line in which the elasmobranchii had become entangled. Once the line was successfully cut, the manta ray swum away unencumbered and happy.

We (Thomaz Monteiro and Flavia Passaglia from Brazil) were diving at Bat Islands, Costa Rica, when this peaceful manta came. Brian Thompson (from Canada) gently cut the net fishing and now the manta can live with no pain. Important: We picked up the line. It’s our trophy now!