Some of the wonders of this world leave us speechless and in awe of nature. The flight of the Mobula Ray is one of these wonders.
Today on EWC, we bring you one of nature’s little known, but most spectacular rituals. Every year in May, a crashing, on a thunderous scale, can be heard on beaches along the southern Baja Peninsula in Mexico. That’s when enormous schools of Mobula Rays congregate and leap as much as eight feet out of the water, sometimes three or four at a time.
To find this bit of wonder, we head to The Sea of Cortes which is the body of water that separates the Baja Peninsula from mainland Mexico.
Among the many beautiful ways that animals communicate, flying rays stand out as a sight to behold.
First up, this marvelous piece on Mobula Rays from the BBC:
Remarkable, simply remarkable!
Now, what if those flying rays multiplied into a school of hundreds of thousands? Our frequent readers know how much we love National Geographic, who captured such a marvel off the coast of Baja. This record-breaking school of Mobula Rays filling the sea is stunning to behold:
It seems miraculous that massive creatures, seemingly bound to the sea, have learned to take flight. As when I witness so many spectacles of nature, I am left with the incredible reminder that “it’s still an amazing world!”
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- BBC. “Mobula Rays Belly Flop to Attract a Mate – Shark: Episode 2 Preview – BBC One.” YouTube. BBC, 13 May 2015. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz6zOyZpYTY>. ↩
- Untamed Americas. “Untamed Americas – Gigantic School of Rays.”YouTube. National Geographic, 7 May 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74mdJUaRNaA>. ↩