Ensnared In Fishing Lines, This Giant Manta Ray Swims Over To Divers For Help. Wow!

This is such an amazing story. A new video posted by Oceano VideoSub, shows divers off the the coast of Costa Rica’s Bat Islands being approached by a huge manta ray. However, what might have been a perilous encounter for the scuba divers became a humanitarian mission.

Incredibly, the massive winged fish — which was ensnared in a fishing line — seemed to be pleading with the humans for help to be set free.

Needless to say, the divers were shocked, but they did the right thing and cut the thick lines from the ray, which can weigh as much as 5,000 pounds and can have a wingspan of 18 feet. The video gives us some detail:

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! Brian, the diver who cut the line, gave a little piece for all divers there!

The encounter took place on 8 September and the video was uploaded three days later. So far, it has been viewed more than 720,000 times.

An awesome story and great job, Brian!

And here is the sequence of events, in four images:

Ensnared In Fishing Lines, This Giant Manta Ray Swims Over To Divers For Help. Wow!

Ensnared In Fishing Lines, This Giant Manta Ray Swims Over To Divers For Help. Wow!

Ensnared In Fishing Lines, This Giant Manta Ray Swims Over To Divers For Help. Wow!

Ensnared In Fishing Lines, This Giant Manta Ray Swims Over To Divers For Help. Wow!

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