Some people find it adventurous and unique to deep dive into the ocean, watch its beauty, and take photographs of the majestic creatures under the sea. The National Ocean Service has stated that more than 80% of the ocean is unexplored and unobserved by humans. This is the amazing story of a diver who went deep into the see and unexpectedly discovered something incredible.
Kristian Laine is underwater photography professional. He recently went diving near the off coast of Lady Elliot Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Kristian Laine was photographing a male manta rays group who was chasing after a female manta ray. He suddenly discovered in his photographs that one was quite different from the others. While manta rays are normally black on top and white underneath, this big fish was black on top of his body, but pink underneath.
A diver named Kristian Laine stumbled upon a male manta ray like no other in the Great Barrier Reef
Laine spent about 30 minutes swimming with the manta ray group and taking pictures. The bubble-gum pink manta ray didn’t seem to care about Laine’s interference because it was calm, keeping a friendly company with the photographer. Laine explained later, “He almost seemed like it was enjoying the attention of my camera and smiling.” It seems like that the ocean photographer ran into the rare pink manta ray who was earlier nicknamed as the Inspector Clouseau. According to National Geographic Company, the pink manta ray was first sighted back in 2015 by the diver Ryan Jeffery. It is known to be the only suck manta ray in the world, and the pink animal was spotted no more than ten times in the last five years.
To everyone’s surprise, instead of the usual black and white, this manta ray was black and pink
It turns out this is Inspector Clouseau, the only known pink manta ray in the world with a skin gene mutation
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It was first sighted back in 2015 by Ryan Jeffery and it is believed to be seen less than 10 times in total
Scientists believe that its pink skin is caused by a genetic mutation in its expression of melanin
Scientists seem to believe that a genetic malformation causes the manta ray’s pink color. At first, they thought it was because of some sort of skin infection or, possibly, manta ray’s diet. However, in 2016, they took a skin sample, and it was proved that it has a genetic mutation from its melanin expression.
Here is a video of the rare pink manta ray posted on YouTube by Lady Elliot Island
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