Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Airborei, Manta Ridge, Raja Ampat April 2011

We dived at Manta Ridge and the Mantas came on cue. Beautiful majestic creatures. Calm your heart, stay still, and they will come to you, wondering in amazement at us just as we are of them. Do not chase after them, it will only cause them to flee. Follow them only at a respectful distance but the second you speed up, they will sense the chase and move away. I was a little disappointed with some of the dive team who chased after the mantas and practically jammed their big cameras with their massive strobes into their eyes; being experienced divers they should have known better. I choose the melancholic soundtrack (a Mongolian song, Hodoo by Urna) to reflect the sheer grace and magnificence of the Manta - and the sad realization that their days are numbered as the number of fishing trawlers, drift nets increase. Will I see Manta Rays 40 years from now? Or will they be a distant memory like the lyrics of a long forgotten song?