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Black to dark gray on back, white on belly. Two movable, paddle-like cephalic fins on the head, whiplike tail. Upto 6.7 metres. Remoras often attached to body.
Islas Catalinas is a popular manta spotting site, normally near surface till about 6 metres depth. In Eastern Pacific found from California till Ecuador.
Normally ignores divers or moves away - this one allowed me to swim with him/her for several minutes, during the 3 minutes safety stop before surfacing at the end of the dive.
Spotted on Mar 30, 2010
Submitted on Jan 14, 2012