Mermaid dances underwater with manta ray
An amazing video of a 'mermaid' dancing underwater with a 15ft manta ray is going viral online.
It was made as a conservation project to highlight the plight of the endangered underwater creatures by US photographer Shawn Heinrichs.
'Mantas Last Dance' was filmed in the Pacific Ocean, off Kona, Hawaii, featuring professional mermaid model Hannah Fraser who free dives for up to two minutes at a time.
Mr Heinrichs said he worked with Miss Fraser for months on planning the project which he described as "the world's first ever manta ray fashion/conservation shoot".
"We had an extremely precise vision, however we were both apprehensive as to the chances of actually capturing this never before seen imagery," he said.
Miss Fraser was anchored 30ft deep in the ocean, with 50lb weights on one ankle, with a huge swell pushing her back and forth as huge wild mantas brushed against her.
The team worked five days straight - up to 20 hours a day - to complete the project and Mr Heinrichs says "tears were shed" when they saw the finished film.
"The reaction of people when they see the footage and imagery alternates between utter disbelief and accusations of CGI and photoshop, to even envy," he added.
Manta rays are endangered because they are being slaughtered for their gills which are used for medicine in China and other Asian countries.
"Our objective with this shoot was to present the beauty of the manta rays, their willingness to interact with humans in the hope of inspiring people to conserve this magnificent animal," explained Mr Heinrichs.
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Magic! What a shame that yet again the blasted (conservative comment!) chinese are destroying something so beautiful and precious for their ridiculous, unproven, twisted 'medical' practises. To some up.....Manta Rays are beautiful and precious creatures. Chinese medicinal practioners are sick dangerous freaks who should be the ones made to be extinct!!!!
perhaps people should do their homewrk, most Chinese m.d's do not use these types of things, the items they use are mainly chinese herbs. Chinese medicine has for centuries cured illnesses that western medicines cannot but narrow minded people are convinced that all these modern day medicines are so fantastic. Ever wondered why you have to take more drugs to counteract the side effects of the ones you have just taken? Nobody knows what these drugs do to our bodies over a long period of time? The Mantarays need saving but dont tar everybody with the same brush!
Well...nice to see she put her liberal arts degree to some use.....
What is clear is that China (along with other Asian countries) due to demand are driving the illegal trade in Ivory, Rhino horn,Tiger body parts , Shark fins and Manta ray gills to name but a few, for their so called "Traditional medicine" or to make soup! Rhino horn is made of keratin (compressed hair ) and has been proven to have no medicinal purposes whatsoever or aphrodisiac properties - but tell that to the chinese! Anyway a fantastic video which I hope get's the message across that the Rays and other endangered animals are under threat from the perpetual parctice of superstitious beliefs.
"Good heavens Holmes, a giant fish!" "Yellow manta ray my dear Watson"
This is absolutely beautiful and amazing! I would love to travel to Hawaii and swim with the Manta Rays at night.
The pacific manta is one of the most spellbinding creatures which exists. They actually seem to like scuba divers, and I've enjoyed several dives with them as they circle back and around to interact with divers, something I've never seen another fish do. They are simply amazing.