Watch a Gigantic Manta Ray Entangled in Fishing Line Request Divers’ Help

by Owen James Burke

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This huge manta ray (Manta birostris) is apparently soliciting for help as it approaches these divers off Bat Islands, Costa Rica. All sorts of animals have approached humans to get them out of binds. Just the other day, a seagull came right up to my boat and stared at me with a hook in its beak within half an arm’s length. It’s almost like they figure with human logic, ‘you made this, why don’t you fix it?’

In the end, the manta is freed. The diver, Brian Thompson, saved the fishing line as a trophy.

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