Manta rays at the beach

We walked down to the beach at 7 in the morning the other day, and were blown away by hundreds of manta rays jumping and surfing in the waves.

Unfortunately my smart-phone camera did not capture the action very well. You can hear a slap as a manta ray hits the water (supposedly they do that to attract mates), and you can sort of make-out the splash.

2 thoughts on “Manta rays at the beach

  1. adrian says:

    Hi Caroline! I was visiting in el pescadero and saw the phenomenon of leaping rays myself. My friend who is a fisheries biologist here in alta california had to ask his colleague about the rays, and he got this response:
    On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Joe Bizzarro – NOAA Affiliate wrote:
    Hi, John:

    It’s almost surely Mobula munkiana (Munk’s Devil Ray). It is one of the smaller, schooling mobulids and is commonly encountered in that area doing aerial stuff as you described. Cool.

    Happy Thanksgiving,


    Joseph J. Bizzarro
    Post-Doctoral Scholar
    Habitat Ecology Team
    Santa Cruz, CA

    On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 5:09 PM, John Personal wrote:
    Hanging in Pescadero beach house, Baja CA sur, decent size school of skates or rays- about 2 feet wide- leaping a couple feet up- do most/all rays do this? Any idea what it might be likely to be?

    Don’t know for sure if this is accurate, but for what it’s worth…
    Thanks for sharing your blog,

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