Monday, August 3, 2015

The biggest secrets of our planet are still very well guarded and undiscovered: especially life deep under the water surface. The complete extent of diversity of life in the ocean will most likely always remain (at least partially) a mystery for us humans. And it’s good this way for what we don’t know has a real chance to develop further and remain undisturbed. And what surprises these little mysteries provide.

Imagine, you are on a sailboat sailing one of the seven seas. And as you gaze on the crystal-clear water you see THAT!

You are witness to a singular natural spectacle: the yearly migration of the so-called “golden rays,” a ray species that inhabits tropical waters.

These animals, that mostly pop up in groups of thousands, are voyaging towards warmer realms. Naturally it’s all for love. For where they are headed is their place of pairing and mating.

Most of them are swimming for the warm waters of the Golf of Mexico. As they swarm towards their destination, the water surface shimmers a wonderful gold.

For me it’s almost like Mardi Gras underneath the water’s surface. Like an imaginary garland or fluttering confetti. Wonderful!

The golden rays are also called “cownose rays” because of their characteristically curved faces. From this perspective they look like they’re smiling friendly at you.

A dream becomes reality: only a few people have had the privilege to go diving with these creatures. What a wonderful and beautiful experience that this must have been…

But careful: the golden rays are also equipped with their genus-typical poison stingers. But they only use these when they are seriously threatened and feel that it is a matter of death, as a warning.

When you were also tickled by this sight and are already planning a visit to this yearly spectacle: let us know! I’d love to come along.

Let’s ensure that nature’s beauty remains intact for the next generation. Pictures that have such power, exciting astonishment, are an invaluable treasure. Share these pictures with your friends.
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