By Katy Gill
This manta ray has given itself its very own BUR-RAY-AL – scooting beneath the surface of the sand.
Waiting to grab a quick meal from nearby fisherman, the ray camouflages itself perfectly in the sea bed.
After the cloud of sand it has kicked up settles, it is impossible to recognise the large sea creature that was floating along only moments before.
The ray was filmed by Spanish biology student Jorge Mendoza, 20, and his girlfriend just off the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands while they were on holiday.
Jorge, 20, said: “You can see how my girlfriend and I started following the manta ray because usually if you follow one it will lead you to others.
“Eventually we split and my girlfriend kept following it, swimming over four other rays and finally getting surrounded by six of them, all five feet long.
“She actually got a little nervous when she realised she was surrounded.
“I found it pretty funny to see how scared she got, especially when after we got home and checked the video we realised she had swam over four of them without noticing.
“For me it’s a pleasure to be able to swim with these fantastic and beautiful creatures.
“I used to snorkel when I was a kid and I’ve been diving for years too, so I’ve observed them plenty of times before and seen them burying themselves.
“They are used to humans, which is why we can get so close to them, and they are just resting covered in sand near the area where fishermen clean their fish so they can grab a quick and easy meal.”