Sting Rays Fly Out Of The Ocean To Attract a Mate

Hovering high above the waves as simply as a bird, mobula rays seem completely designed for this astonishing aerobatic show.

Closely associated with sharks however with long, flat bodies and wing-like pectoral fins, they’re preferably suited for swooping through the water but appear equally at home in the air, so much so that they’ve earned the title “flying rays”.

Mobula rays can reach heights of more than two metres (6ft 6ins), remaining airborne for several seconds, however their landings are much less graceful, developing a loud bang as they belly-flop back into the ocean.