It’s manta ray season at Wolf Rock

Gentle giants, heavily pregnant Grey Nurse Sharks glide around Wolf Rock

Gentle giants, heavily pregnant Grey Nurse Sharks glide around Wolf Rock

Divers are blessed, seeing around 30 grey nurse sharks daily and the lucky ones are also getting manta ray interaction during their dives. We have had regular sightings this week.

We identify the mantas by taking a belly shot photo which we then send to Project Manta.

This photo is uploaded to a database and the mantas are identified by their unique spotted pattern on their tummy. If we find a new manta we get to name it!

We have successfully identified Manta #76, named Cinqua and #355, Etoile. Cinqua was here on Wolf Rock a year ago, almost to the day.  Both Cinqua and Etoile have been sighted at Lady Elliot Island.

Grey nurse sharks are now looking heavily pregnant and do look a bit daunting looming out of the depths, but these sharks are placid so divers get a real treat when so many are on site swimming around in such a relaxed manner.

After the wind and swell, the visibility is around 12m and the temperature is down to 25 degrees.