View Full Version : Manta at Oil Slick

05-24-2011, 12:23 PM
Okay, so yesterday, Monday around 4PM Scott & I get in the water along with 4 other divers at Oil Slick. I stop at about 40 ft to look around while Scott is on his way to 60 ft. 2 divers were in waiting for 2 dive friends to join them. I see coming towards me at about 30 ft, a beautiful Manta Ray, I mean soaring right at me just over my head it passed while I'm shaking my shaker trying to get Scott's attention because he has the camera! I give up on him and watch this Manta swim directly over me. It was the most amazing site ever. :) Then I looked over and saw Scott filming this magnificent creature!

05-24-2011, 12:39 PM
I am TOTALLY jealous!

05-24-2011, 01:10 PM
Very cool, Dawn. Seems like there are more manta sightings than in the past. :D

05-24-2011, 01:40 PM
Sorry no believe without pictures, I bet it was an Ocean Triggerfish.:p:p:p:p

Only kidding way cool and very jealous here.

Judy W
05-24-2011, 04:28 PM
We heard of several sightings last week. I'm wondering if it has anything with the wind conditions being down and blowing from Curacao for a day or two. Maybe there is a good side to a wind-inversion;)

05-24-2011, 06:49 PM
Judy -- just noticed your location. Going out to White Star ... the Bonaire of the north ... on Sunday. You dive there at all ??

Judy W
05-24-2011, 07:13 PM
Not in a long time; I'm a cold water wuss :o Used to dive the quarry at Portage most often. Now I prefer the warm waters of Bonaire :D

05-24-2011, 10:06 PM
Here's the picture

05-24-2011, 10:09 PM
Totally cool!

05-25-2011, 02:49 AM
Wow nice encounter, we have only seen one Manta in Bonaire and that was in Wind Reversal as well. It actually went under the dock at Cap'n Don's, dive shops further south called to let Don's know it was on it's way. The water was too stirred up to be diving and we were all stood on the dock watching it.

05-25-2011, 07:12 AM
Didn't know it was possible, but I am TOTALLY even MORE jealous than before!!! NICE!!!!

05-25-2011, 09:15 AM
It was so amazing, I find myself trying to relive it by looking up to the sky and leaning back to watch it go by in my mind :) Had dinner and Capt. Don's last night and we talked about it on our way out. In the parking lot I found myself looking to the sky and following that Manta, ha,ha,ha, I will enjoy that experience for a long time :)

05-25-2011, 12:19 PM
Dawn, way cool. Thanks for posting. My wife and I know how you feel, we saw the Manta Ray at Karpata on April 25th in the afternoon. Watched it for about 2 min till it disappeared to the north. Breathtaking, just beautiful.

05-25-2011, 01:15 PM
That's a Mola Mola, I can tell by the color.:p:p:p

Very nice and very rare. I also found during wind reversals all kinds of little plankton feeders are out in forces, also lots of stinging jellies.