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Devil Ray

Mobula sp.


Mobula is a genus of ray in the family Myliobatidae (eagle rays).Their appearance is similar to that of manta rays, which are in the same family. Species of this genera are often collectively referred to as "flying mobula" or simply "flying rays", due to their propensity for breaching, sometimes in a spectacular manner.


Devil Rays have an interesting breeding courtship behavior that involves breaching the ocean shooting into the sky and gliding for a split second. Hard to predict. Hard to shoot. Incredible to simply witness. This was a brand new experience for me off the coast of San Blas while heading to Isla Isabel

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

What a great shot and what an experience ! Thanks for the information and for sharing this with us.

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 6 years ago

Wow! I had no idea they could jump that high. What an amazing moment and great info and picture.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Now this is quite amazing. I had no idea that rays would breach. Great spotting, and excellent timing.

Cody.conway 6 years ago

Thank you Leana

Beautiful capture!

Cody.conway 6 years ago

Sorry guys - the boat guide assured the ID as Manta Ray - I've been up in the Durango Highway Santa Maria mountains here in mexico, no internet, no power, just amazing birds. Corrected the ID - thanks for those who commented on it.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

What a wonderful capture and experience - congratulations!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That is really special. Super capture CC !! It looks like it's at least 6 feet clear of the surface?

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LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Amazing you caught this! Wonderful.

LivesInADream 6 years ago

Whether Oceanic Mantas or Devils Rays, this is a wicked shot!

AlbertKang 6 years ago

I am not an expert in Rays, but sometimes websites & reports may gave wrong information about the Manta Rays breaching the surface as shown in this :

From the pictures, those are Devil Rays and not Manta Rays.
Devil Rays grows up to 3 meters in wing span and are more agile to breach the water, but not Oceanic Manta Rays that have wing span up to 6-7 meters.

@Antonion, I also saw the saw documentary showing hundreds, if not thousands of Devil Rays breaching the she surface, that is an incredible phenomenon.

rams4d 6 years ago

Amazing timing, very good, you are the best, impressive, congrats !!!

Jellis 6 years ago

Seems both Manta and Devil Rays do this

Tom15 6 years ago

Great shot and timing Cody! It's hard to imaging they could get enough momentum to fly so high out of the water.

ErikG.H.Meade 6 years ago

Awesome shot!

LuisStevens 6 years ago

Great timing!

kdpicturemaker 6 years ago

Incredible, great timing!

Wow great shot Cody,you should take in consideration Albert opinion:-) he is one of our best marine spotter .I saw a doc a few weeks ago and for the first time i saw hundreds of Mantas jumping like dolphins,just amazing.
Congrats and thanks for sharing

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Not too sure if this is the Oceanic Manta Ray, more likely the Devil Rays.

CaseyFalk 6 years ago

Beautiful spot! Also had no idea they breached, haha! Well done!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Wow! I never knew that they could do that.

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Spotted on Mar 23, 2014
Submitted on Mar 24, 2014

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