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DevilDiver
02-07-2013, 18:12
The first breathtaking photo of a giant oceanic Manta Ray giving birth!!

The first photo of a giant oceanic Manta Ray giving birth!! | Life of the Worlds (http://www.lifeoftheworlds.com/the-first-breathtaking-photo-of-a-giant-oceanic-manta-ray-giving-birth/)

navyhmc
02-07-2013, 18:25
Very Cool! Talk about a lucky shot.

Clernix
02-07-2013, 19:12
Jealous DD? what would u have given for that shot

Zeagle Eagle
02-08-2013, 10:03
I would give up bacon for that shot. Well at least a couple of pieces.

bfmorgan
02-08-2013, 11:13
Great shot. Photographers are famous for their patience, kind of ironic that they didn't plan it, and didn't know what they had until later.

DevilDiver
02-09-2013, 17:28
Revised:

Wetpixel reported earlier that: "Martin Ureta of cameraman.com (http://www.cameraman.com/) has captured a unique image of a giant manta (Manta birostris) in the act of giving birth."

It would now seem likely that this is not an image of a manta giving birth, but rather an image of one having a "gastro-intestinal eversion, where the manta actually ejects the lower part of its intestine out of its cloaca in order to remove indigestible debris from its intestine. Comments posted onto the original Wetpixel post have caused this re-evaluation.

This has been documented and photographed before (pdf) (http://www.himb.hawaii.edu/sharklab/Clark_et_al_manta%20intestine%20eversion.pdf) although it is still a rarely witnessed event

Clernix
02-09-2013, 20:53
She it was taking a big ole deuce?