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Old 09-20-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Golden Rays Off Mexico


A friend sent me this, pretty cool.
Rays off coast of Mexico
Looking like giant leaves floating in the sea thousands of Golden Rays are seen here gathering off the coast of Mexico
The spectacular scene was captured as the magnificent creatures made one of their biannual mass migrations to more agreeable waters.



Gliding silently beneath the waves they turned vast areas of blue water to gold off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula
Sandra Critelli, an amateur photographer, stumbled across the phenomenon while looking for whale sharks.



She said: 'It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different
shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.
'It's hard to say exactly how many there were, but in the range of a few thousand.




'We were surrounded by them, without seeing the edge of the school, and we could see many under the water surface too.
I feel very fortunate I was there in the right place at the right time to experience nature at his best.'



Measuring up to 7 ft (2.1 meters) from wing-tip to wing-tip, Golden Rays are also more prosaically known as Cow Nose Rays.
They have long, pointed pectoral fins that separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads and give them a cow-like appearance.
Despite having poisonous stingers, they are known to be shy and non-t hreatening when in large schools.
The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates, in schools of as many as 10,000, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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that's just cool I have this photo saved in one of my photo books someplace. I never get tired of looking at it.
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WOW!

Great pics -- wish I could have seen this!
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What amazing pics, and a fantastic experience!

Also means none of us Floridians better go to the beach now without doing the "stingray shuffle"- it's Season again!
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Very fascinating,almost surreal.

Thanks for sharing!
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thanks for sharing the pictures. I was in the Gulf jetskiing a few years ago and stopped for a break. Just as my friend jumped in the water to cool off, a ray swam up to the surface right next to me. very cool experience.
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Very awesome pics!
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:48 PM   #8
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Surreal.

Very very cool. I think that picture may be the best since it gives a perspective of you being on the boat.

Thanks for sharing,
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i want a tank with one of those in it!
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You are welcome everyone. How lucky they were to witness such a spectacular sight! I would get goose bumps if I saw such a thing. Mother Nature is so fantastic.
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