I Want Water Wings!
Feeling a bit blue, I dinghy slowly back towards Swell. Apparently the internet on the island is down…So much for the skype date with Mom.
The water is a mystic green, full and soupy with plankton and little jellyfish. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot something flick the surface up ahead. There’s more than one…What is it…?
I slowly approach as not to scare them, and cut the engine…
Manta rays!!! A whole family of them!?
I watch them lift their wing tips at the surface, before descending again. I search the boat, yes…my mask and fins are here!
I slide in slowly, but my arrival doesn’t seem to phase the mantas. The water is thick with micro-life! I feel mini jellyfish bounce off my limbs as I join the ‘stew’. The mantas are marvelous! They fly by in slow, smooth loops—arcing back and forth through the plankton bloom.
I’m euphoric. It’s the beauty cross oceans for…
The giant rays move with unmatched grace. Like they’ve never hurried in all of time…effortless, now and forever.
I begin to recognize a few of them. The white markings of their undersides are all a little different. The biggest come very, very close. One has a long battle scar across his back. I run my fingers over it. He seems to like it, circling around to see me again.
For nearly an hour I stay with them. I finally climb back into the dinghy chilly and pruned, but all smiles. These peaceful water angels have restored my peace. I thanked them for reminding me that if we relax and flow, there are often great things that come out of apparent misfortune…
**Later that day, the internet was miraculously repaired, and I got to tell Mom all about my date with the mantas!
LaurenMarch 15, 2012
Hey Liz, you can have water wings! Check out the “Subwing” http://subwing.net/. The video makes it look fun, but they’re uh, a bit pricey (cough, $750!). If I had to choose I’d probably take your hour with the manta rays over the piece of carbon fiber.
johnMarch 15, 2012
Been following you and your storey for a few years now……wow you are an amazing women!!!!!!doing amazing things!!!!!and in doing so are inspiring us all and giving us courage to chase are dreams!!!!!!! you are living the dream!!!!! thankyou !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and thanku for your honesty! it shines bright and clear!!!!! you are making a differnce more than you know!!!!
love and respect/ john
Kim SchullerMarch 16, 2012
That must have been an amazing experience diving with the Manta Rays.
Keep up the reporting. It’s all inspiring.
Wishing you a great further on journey.
Hoges in WAMarch 16, 2012
Nice photo! Must have been a great experience
WayneMarch 17, 2012
It’s moments like these that truly teach us how connected every living thing on this planet are. Thanks for sharing.
RobMarch 30, 2012
Saw this photo of a woman on a surfboar . . . underneath a wave. Tthought you’d like it.