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Australian Diver Comes Across A Unique Pink Manta Ray

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We’re all sometimes guilty of focusing on the future too much. We think of what things are going to be created, where are going to live in 10/20/50 years, what will the planet look like, will we all move to Mars? But we rarely live in the moment and appreciate the things we have. We’re all about the next big invention, but really we haven’t even explored all of our planet yet. 80% of our oceans are still unexplored and unmapped, just vast territories we know nothing about. It’s good that we’re thinking about the animals that are endangered, but there could be creatures living at the bottom of the ocean that we don’t even know about. There’s still so much we don’t know about our planet and so much of it to still be explored, we should cherish that while we still can.

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For
example, for a really long time, we all thought that manta rays only
come in black and white, as in they’re generally black on top and
white on the bottom, but this diver in Australia had his mind blown
when he saw a pink one.

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Kristian
Lane used to be a surfer, but after an injury, he was forced to stop
surfing. But he found a new hobby for himself that still feeds his
love for the ocean and became an aquatic photographer and diver after
he saw some phenomenal photos of sea turtles.

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Kristian
was diving off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in Australia’s Great
Barrier Reef recently and his goal was to take some photos of aquatic
life over there. He happened to come across a bunch of male manta
rays chasing a female one in a mating ritual. Obviously, he had to
capture that so he tried his best to hold his breath and dive 12
meters underwater to snap some photos. He first noticed that one of
the males had a pink underside through his camera lens and thought
that maybe the camera was broken.

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Kristian
says he locked eyes with the pink manta ray through the viewfinder
and the ray seemed very calm and friendly. It was a very special
moment but since holding your breath underwater isn’t something you
can do for very long, Kristian had to dive multiple times and try to
time them perfectly to be in the right spot and also to capture the
manta rays to the best of his ability. It just so happened that he
managed to snap about 5 good pictures of the pink manta ray without
even realising it was pink.

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It
was only after he got out of the water and was looking through the
photos on his camera that he noticed it. He immediately googled pink
manta rays because he didn’t even know they existed. And what do
you know it looks like he met the one and only pink manta ray in the
world that we know of. It was seen for the first time in 2015 by Ryan
Jeffery and nicknamed Inspector Clouseau after the detective
character in Pink Panther. Upon closer inspection, Kristian figured
out that the pink manta ray he came face to face with had the exact
same markings as Inspector Clouseau and felt amazed that he saw the
one and only pink manta ray in real life.

At
first, it was thought that the reason the manta ray had pink skin was
due to his diet or perhaps a skin infection. But later on, a small
sample of skin was taken and after running some tests it was
established that it’s a gene mutation similar to that of albinism.

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