Sunday, May 30, 2010

Penida island spa

Manta rays glide effortlessly around a cleaning station in Nusa Penida, Bali. Giant diamond winged bodies obscure the sun's rays through the shallow nutrient rich water. Migratory plankton feeders of the deep with their distinct light coloured undercarriages and darker uppers they swarm to these stations for important spa grooming operations carried out by enthusiastic wrases and other small fish who get right into the filter grills and have a bit of a nibble. Last Thursday there was obviously some kind of promotion on as 'the spa' was busy with around 6 large mantas all getting a bit of a spruce up before heading out again to find a mate. Tough life. A rare all black manta seemed to dominate the afternoon session as it stealthally glided in and out of the shadows of the murky station.