Mobula ray leaping

Mobula ray leaping

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Credit: CHRISTOPHER SWANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mobula ray (Mobula japonica) leaping clear of the water and skimming the swell. Rays, a type of fish, can travel in schools of over a hundred below the water's surface. They can leap over 2 metres in the air, in a behaviour known as breaching. The reasons for this behaviour include escaping predators and shaking off parasites. Photographed in the Gulf of California, Mexico.

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