Giant manta ray surprises retired Marine while kayak fishing

Giant manta ray surprises retired Marine while kayak fishing

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Giant manta ray surprises retired Marine while kayak fishing

Mark DeLaRosa was kayak fishing off Surfside Jetty in Freeport, Texas, when he was surprised by a giant manta ray leaping out of the water behind him.

“That is insane,” DeLaRosa says in the video. “Oh my gosh. I thought it was a dolphin at first.”

DeLaRosa, identified by WFLA as a recently retired Marine, spends his time fishing these days. He operates a fishing YouTube channel he hopes will gain a few more followers from this video.

DeLaRosa attributed the unusual appearance of the manta ray to the clear blue waters along the Texas shoreline.

WFLA reported that the “winds and currents have changed in the Gulf, bringing waters from the south instead of the mud from the Mississippi River.”

“With all the blue water sticking around longer than usual, a lot of new fish are making their presence known,” DeLaRosa wrote on YouTube. “I’ve seen a lot of smaller rays, but this one takes the cake!!!”

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