The Manta Ray is one of the most graceful creatures on earth. Huge but gentle filter feeders, Mantas glide ginormous distances across oceans, scooping up food along the way. They stop once in awhile to visit cleaning stations like the one you see here, where small fishes eat parasitic microorganisms off of the Manta’s body.
To provide a sense of scale, the yellow butterflyfish you see just beneath the Manta are about the size of your hand - photo taken at Raja Ampat, Indonesia
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