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Get amazed by the Kona Manta Ray night dive

Name Dive Site:Kona Manta Ray Night Dive
Depth: 3-19ft (1-6m)
Visibility: 0-9ft (0-3m)
Accessibility: Boat
Inserted/Added by: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

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It is all about Manta Rays on the Kona Manta Ray Night dive site. There is plenty of other marine life, but tours and crew will focus on attracting mantas with their flashlights and food supplies. The crew will start the Manta Ray dive, by placing lights on the ocean floor aiming upwards. Plankton is attracted by this light and the plankton will attract the Mantas. As thick clouds of these microscopic animals enjoy the lights, manta rays come to feed. Not only plankton but also thousands of minuscule shrimp-like organisms are attracted to the light as shrimp, lobsters, crabs, and eels that can be found out hunting.

With your own light you will dive down, sitting all in circles next to the lights, waiting for the mantas to swim over your head. The dive is not more than this. Sitting there, so actually not diving at all, and enjoying this big fiest of the Manta Rays. Seeing how they swallow all that plankton and how they swim gracefully around us. Some tour operators take a short dive to search for Eels hunting.

Mantas use their large pectoral fins or 'wings' to move through the water when feeding. The cephalic fins or 'horns' direct the flow into its mouth and water passes through the gills. There they have fine hair, filtering out tiny plankton and other microscopic food. Allthough they are huge, they have never been seen attacking divers. So diving with these huge annimals is one of the safest dives you can do.

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