posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 03:41 PM
I will start this off with a story.
*I do not know if this is fact.*
When I was younger, my dad's friend told me a story about a giant manta ray. He basically said he was on a very large vessal (50-100ft ship?) and he,
and everyone else on the ship saw a manta ray as long as the ship and with a wing span two times the size that length. He said the ray was casting an
ominous shadow and the tip of it's wings looked like giant shark's fins. It was a harmless story though, as it swam deeper until it was no longer
visible. And nothing further past the big fish story.
Now to the factual story in Florida.
When I was younger, I was at the beach on a normal summer day and someone in the water screamed because they seemed to have saw a shark fin in the
water. This prompted the lifeguards to call everyone out of the water (I was running full speed on top of the water to get the heck out!) while we all
watched the water for fins. What we all thought we saw at first was shark fins, but it wasn't. As other people on the beach and I continued watching,
being pushed in by the tide and waves, is a giant manta ray. You could tell it was trying to go back towards deep ocean, it didn't want to be washing
up on our beach. It was flipping it's giant wings and twirling and flopping. Eventually it did indeed wash up into ankle and shin-deep waters. Seemed
pretty obviously unhappy with its situation. I do not know why the following event happened but it did and I am happy. A few older men in the crowd
began to agree that we should approach it and try to put it back out to see. Someone was arguing it had a giant barb, and could electrocute us, ect.
After all was said and done, a few guys ended up grabbing it by it's wings. I'm talking like 3 or 4 men on each side of it's wings. I came rushing up
trying to help pick it up in some way too. I was short though, and couldn't go very deep with them. They eventually took the manta ray out deep enough
for it to begin swimming into deep ocean again.
i have always loved ray stories since. And giant mantra rays and cryptid rays even more.
Now! Giant Ray Pics.
*Warning these pics may be disturbing to younger viewers*
Added: RIP Steve Irwin. Rays are such powerful creatures.
edit on 9-2-2011 by 9Cib27 because: Added a Warning for Whateva