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a manta ray off the coast of Mayotte
July 28, 2016

Gentle Giant

A manta ray pokes a fin through the water’s surface off the French island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. The mantas’ size and fearsome-looking cephalic fins once earned the animals the name devilfish; however, we now know better: Scuba divers have found them to be gentle and accommodating.

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Photograph by Gaby Barathieu, National Geographic Your Shot

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