Soaring with the Devil Rays Off the Coast of Costa Rica
“The air up there in the clouds is pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s the very air the angels breathe!” –Mark Twain
On a recent scuba diving jaunt down to the southwest region of Costa Rica, we were graced by a rare sight: Devil ray mantas in the act of flying!
We saw these guys while on the one hour boat ride out to Cano Island from our diving resort at Drake’s Bay. We were just cruising along when suddenly our divemaster hollered at the captain to stop the boat. For the next fifteen minutes we lay dead in the water, mesmorized almost beyond words by the graceful–and sometimes belly-flopping–antics of these beautiful creatures!
I personally think they like to fly for the same reason that Magnificient Frigate birds like to soar for hours upon hours a thousand feet above the coast of Antigua; or the young Humpback whale likes to breach time and time again off the coast of Newfoundland; or the Red-tailed monkeys of Uganda enjoy swinging like acrobats from tree to tree for what appears to be no obvious reason: I think they are all just having fun!!!