day 1088

Komodo trip, June 2010. 
Pic 20 of 39.

It was my 48th dive. Late morning dive, the second dive in Manta Alley. Sugi placed me on the alley, a little bit on the right side, facing the current. Yes, the mantas’ treadmill, where they flex their wings. And oh heaven they did. So close on my left side, I could feel the water flip from their wing. I could see their black eyes staring at me, amused, looking at me struggling against the current, hanging for my dear life. And they were above me too, so close, I thought it soon would crash me underneath. But of course, it didn’t.

A graceful, gentle, curious and beautiful creature. One of those dives I am sure I will remember always.

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