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Re: Full Moon #187560
01/21/06 09:04 AM
01/21/06 09:04 AM
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 159
southern california
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On AC, we've seen lots of eagle rays on each snorkel trip that we've gone on. It seems to be a very good possibility that you'll see them, and often you're in ~8ft of water so you really feel like you are swimming with them.

On the Big Island of Hawaii, we did a Manta ray night dive and swam with at least 6 Mantas. One had an 18ft wingspan. The boats set up a light at the bottom of the ocean, and the rays come to feed. It was amazing, having all those huge rays playing around us. The divers sit on the bottom and try to stay out of the way, but many of them got bumped pretty hard as the Mantas looped and swirled.

Re: Full Moon #187561
01/22/06 05:32 PM
01/22/06 05:32 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 5,518
Birdland - 1 mile north
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Eagle Ray Canyon is just outside the reef at Hol Chan and is part of the marine reserve. Although they spend most of their time outside the reef they do cruise through the snorkel area. They are majestic. I have also seen an Electric Ray at Hol Chan on a night dive and there was one a couple of years ago between Amigos Del Mar and Mayan Princess docks.

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Re: Full Moon #187562
01/23/06 11:48 AM
01/23/06 11:48 AM
Joined: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,160
San Pedro
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Electric Rays are fairly common on the sandy areas between seagrass beds in shallow water just offshore. As are the Eagle Rays inside the reef where they come to feed, but they're usually closer to the reef which is harder to get to as it's not within swimmable distance for most mortals, or recommended to those that can with the amount of boat traffic.

There's tons of good stuff to see in the grass beds around docks so long as you're careful to keep an ear out for boats coming and going and you need to be patient, have a good eye, go often and be prepared to see a lot of seagrass! As the nursery grounds for many juvenile fish who rely on camouflage to survive it takes a bit of time to find things but there are lots of species and I have see on a reasonable occurrence Batfish, SeaHorses, Octopus, Lobster, King Crabs, Sailfin Blennies, Various Shrimp and Shellfish, and lucky enough to see once each a Bull and a Lemon Shark.

Re: Full Moon #187563
01/24/06 01:30 AM
01/24/06 01:30 AM
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 142
humble, Tx
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Casa Coracol, this is so ture about the shallows, you get to see an amazing anount of life, but I'm in search of Manta Rays.. Thank you all for the recent posts on Mantas!! I will have to decide where to go next, after San Pedro, of course..

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