Reader Umit Kasim spotted what appeared to be a school of rare Giant Devil Rays in the gulf of Fethiye at the weekend.
The Giant Devil Ray is a plankton-feeding manta-like ray. It’s is often accompanied by small cleaner fish too.
It lives in the Mediterranean and also in the eastern Atlantic along the coast of northwest Africa, the Azores and the Canary Islands.
It is an endangered species not because it is specifically hunted by fishermen but because it if often caught by mistake – a by-catch that is then thrown back into the sea dead or alive.
It’s habitats are also being eroded leading to a decline in their numbers.
So it was an amazing opportunity when Unmit happened across a school of the rays feeding in Gulf of Fethiye at the weekend and was able to record the scene.