Went to the beach this morning/early afternoon. At 3 I headed to the marina for my dive trip with Big Island Divers. They were cool guys. We did a late afternoon dive around a reef which was cool. Saw tons of fish and hundreds of garden ells, which was neat to see. Then we chilled on the boat til it was dark and did a night dive with manta rays, which is supposed to be one of the best dives in the world and probably IS the best night dive. They informed me that my dive career is all downhill from here haha.. We say 2 mantas, They're huge and super cool. You had to be there...
The manta ray (Manta birostris) is the largest species of the rays in the family Myliobatidae. The largest known specimen was more than 7.6 metres (25 ft) across, with a weight of about 1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb). It ranges throughout waters of the world, typically around coral reefs. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of the sharks, rays and skates (Elasmobranchii), a brain which is kept warm during lengthy dives to as deep as 500 metres (1,600 ft) in cold water. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers and appear to fly through the water on their large wings. Individuals have also been observed to jump clear out of the water, possibly in a form of communication or play.
Manta rays have a distinctive body shape with triangular pectoral 'wings' and paddle-like lobes extending in front of their mouths. The disc width is up to 7.6 metres (25 ft) and the weight up to 1,400 kilograms (3,100 lb). They are generally dark on the upper surface, ranging from black to greyish-blue and brown, with pale undersides; individuals have a unique pattern of blotches and scars that can be used to identify them. The large, cavernous mouth is situated at the front of the body and contains 18 rows of teeth on the lower jaw.
I got home around 930 and had a massive headache so I went right to bed.