Manta Merrymaking

1.DSC_0260 - Version 3 In my next life, I want to be a manta. I’ve always said I want to be a Kobe cow, so I could drink beer and get massaged all day. But, in 2015, I hereby declare that being reincarnated as a manta ray looks oh-so-much more fun! We went out whale watching this week with Onca Explorations.

Whale watching has been our traditional Christmas gift to each other as a family since 2009. And a wonderful gift it is! The highlight of the trip this year for me were the mantas! We did, indeed, see whales; I will post pictures and write about that separately. But the mantas!

They were having so much fun! There were so very many of them—hundreds—and they kept jumping and flying and splatting and splashing, performing their high jinks all over our bay with their friends, for what seemed like forever. They just didn’t stop. What a joyful bunch they are! It reminded me of dancing sessions with my girlfriends…

The mantas’ bodies change so completely with every leap. They slap their wings against the water in a loud “thump!” 1.DSC_0253 - Version 2 That slap launches them into the air, where their wings curl up the opposite way, wrapping themselves backwards, in a rebound of sorts. 1.DSC_0261 - Version 2 They leap into the air—seemingly soaring over the skyscrapers on the beach, as you can see in the photos. 1.DSC_0246 - Version 3 They then fall back into the water with another loud “splat,” and start the process all over! 1.DSC_0234 - Version 2 And they do all of this in the company of hundreds of their joy-filled friends, frolicking about in a big band of craziness. 1.DSC_0279 - Version 2 And did I mention that mantas are HUGE? These looked to be maybe 3 or 4 feet across, and they get much bigger. Below is a short video clip of some of the manta merriment. I highly recommend you take a whale-watching excursion with Onca. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some mantas!

What makes the mantas leap so? Are they mating and courting, and perhaps the manta with the biggest splash is the sexiest? Are they just having fun, partying hearty with their friends? Are they wanting some Vitamin D from the sun? Whatever the reason, I sure did enjoy them!

Click on any of the photos in the album below to view it larger or see a slideshow.

National Geographic published a video of the largest-ever-witnessed group of mobula rays in our Gulf of Cortes. It is incredible! Watch it below:

About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

10 thoughts on “Manta Merrymaking

  1. beautiful Dianne!!!! I wish we could have gone with you!! I love the idea about it being a Christmas present – I think I’ll start that tradition too! cathy

    On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 12:04 PM, “¡VidaMaz!” wrote:

    > Dianne Hofner Saphiere posted: ” In my next life, I want to be a > manta. I’ve always said I want to be a Kobe cow, so I could drink beer and > get massaged all day. But, in 2015, I hereby declare that being > reincarnated as a manta ray looks oh-so-much more fun! We went out whale > watching t”

  2. Fabulous! we have friends in from Colorado who are interested …I’ll call for a reservation for all of us!!! Alana

    On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 12:04 PM, “¡VidaMaz!” wrote:

    > Dianne Hofner Saphiere posted: ” In my next life, I want to be a > manta. I’ve always said I want to be a Kobe cow, so I could drink beer and > get massaged all day. But, in 2015, I hereby declare that being > reincarnated as a manta ray looks oh-so-much more fun! We went out whale > watching t”

  3. Thanks Dianne!
    Another awesome post and trip! The photos are beautiful. Looks like it was a wonderful trip! My motto is if ya can’t be in Mazatlan the next best thing is Vida Maz…it is like being there!

    • Love your motto, Connie! Thank you for the feel-goods! It is always a wonderful trip with Oscar, Saúl and crew. They are so knowledgable, and they really respect the wildlife and the environment, so while we get to go out and view these creatures, I have never felt we are harassing them or interfering in any way. They have, in the past nine years, catalogued so many cetaceans and contributed so much to knowledge of their movements and habits around Mazatlán! Onca is most definitely uno de los orgullos mazatlecos.

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