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Swimming With Stingrays

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 21 January 2019 in Animal & Insect.

Swimming and snorkeling with sharks and stingrays was something I definitely wanted to experience in French Polynesia’s clear blue waters so we signed up for a lagoon tour. When we stopped many black tip reef sharks and stingrays started circling the boat. After we got in the water I stayed close to our guide at first but then it was so fantastic that I forgot to be afraid. The rays are supposed to be docile creatures as long as you don’t step on their tails or swim directly over them. We got to feed the rays, but when the circling sharks moved in closer the guide put the food away because the sharks could become aggressive around food. Hopefully they didn't see US as food! It was a remarkable and memorable experience.

*In January, 2013 I got to go on my bucket list dream trip to the French Polynesian Islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora. A lot of photos were posted here at that time, but there are so many more that I never got to. I want to revisit those island photos now starting with Moorea.

Panasonic DMC-TS4 1/500 second F/3.4 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Your photo reminds me of my boat trip on the islands of Bora Bora and Moorea. I could also observe them from a glass bottom boat, it's beautiful.

21 Jan 2019 6:25am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful underwater capture.

21 Jan 2019 7:29am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A fabulous capture. Well taken under water.

21 Jan 2019 9:59am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely image !
You are a very brave lady B :))))))

21 Jan 2019 11:39am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

yes ! it's good !

21 Jan 2019 11:49am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a story and image....fantastic to be allowed to participate.

21 Jan 2019 12:32pm

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Must have been a great experience when this dream came true.

21 Jan 2019 1:16pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Oh what a wonderful image and experience you must have had.

21 Jan 2019 2:02pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle iamge et vue quelle forme sueprbe compo

21 Jan 2019 3:21pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo ! J'aime

21 Jan 2019 5:01pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle trouvaille

21 Jan 2019 5:44pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful underwater picture. And very interesting information. Glad you enjoyed your trip. :)

21 Jan 2019 6:51pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

On Saturday I watched a television nature program showing the life of the rays. Very interesting marine animal.

21 Jan 2019 7:09pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a great underwater shot of this stingray!! That had to have been quite an experience!!

21 Jan 2019 7:26pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i hope there is glass between the two of you

21 Jan 2019 8:23pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

oh, my, i see you were in the water

you're very brave

21 Jan 2019 8:23pm

@sherri: Yes, we were in the water with them. It was an awesome experience.

Adela Fonts from Bar Grcelona, Spain

Awesome! I have seen them live and they are beautiful...

21 Jan 2019 10:47pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

a fabulous image of this great adventure!

21 Jan 2019 11:15pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A spectacular image! They are beautiful! A fabulous under water image. I remember petting a sting ray at the Monterey Bay Aquarium years ago.

22 Jan 2019 1:28am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A splendid image of this great adventure!

22 Jan 2019 9:19pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Nice underwater photo. You are brave!

27 Jan 2019 9:55pm

Panasonic DMC-TS4
1/500 second
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)