SUP paddler’s escort is a giant manta ray

Luc Scheulen is accompanied across the bay by a docile manta ray; images are video screen grabs

Luc Scheulen was accompanied recently by a large manta ray as he maneuvered his SUP board across the bay of Anse Marcel on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

It seems to have been a magical experience, given the docile nature of a critter that soars so gracefully through its blue-green universe and the aerial footage captured via drone by Johann Pidoux.

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The three-minute clip provides a unique perspective of this encounter from various heights and shows the manta cruising with its mouth agape, collecting plankton, while Scheulen paddles gently alongside his new companion.

A little envious? So are we.

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