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The Flight of the Mobula Rays

 

It’s first light in Cabo San Lucas, the sun is rising over the entrance to the marina and a pink sky frames the open ocean inviting us to explore the deep blue sea. There are few boats out as dawn shifts into early morning and we are excited to see the calm seas ahead. We are going to see one of Cabo’s most spectacular natural events: the schooling mobula rays.

Every summer Cabo enjoys the arrival of impressive schools of mobula rays traveling in their hundreds of thousands. Huge schools congregate at the surface where snorkelers can see them spinning, gliding and breaching out of the water for reasons that leave the scientific community baffled in awe.

Some theories favour the idea that they are ridding parasites from their skin while others say that this is part of a mating ritual. It could purely be accidental considering the mobula ray’s only form of defence is speed and agility. Maybe they’re just happy.

There are records of mobula ray growing up to 17ft long, although we see smaller ones on our Blue Water snorkel tours. They can jump as high as 6ft out of the water and even do a number of flips on the way down. Research is currently being done into their aggregating behaviour as still a lot is unknown.

Seeing such a remarkable number of mobula rays is thrilling and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Snorkelers and free divers can treat themselves to one of nature’s great events on a short tour from Cabo. Don’t miss out!

Tours usually run from May to July / November when large schools are more predictably seen.

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