SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS ~~ A school of spotted eagle rays glides gracefully through the Maldives. The rays are often seen gathering in groups near the surface, “flying” through the water by flapping their pectoral fins and sometimes even leaping porpoise-like into the air. The ray’s dorsal side is covered with a signature pattern of vivid spots.
A fisherman spotted her east of the Farallon Islands entangled in crab lines and radioed an environmental group for help. The only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.