Scuba Divers Rescue Giant Ray Trapped in Fishing Line

by Shelby Scott

Some of our largest ocean dwellers appear pretty intimidating to we fragile humans. However, increased climate change and worsening human impact on natural environments have transformed things. Now, it’s actually these same intimidating creatures that need the most help. Across social media and beyond, we see constant news about rescued sea creatures. These often include animals from sea turtles to our ocean’s giant whales. Most recently, two scuba divers answered one giant ray’s call for help as it was tangled in a knot of fishing line.

The giant oceanic manta ray tends to weigh around 3,600 pounds and measures 29 feet at maximum size. This particular struggling creature stumbled into a pair of recreational scuba divers earlier this month. According to People, divemaster Rugene Marinus “Spider” and diver assist Phyllis Mihalas were about to take a dive when they encountered the giant, distressed creature.

After spotting the ray, the scuba divers resolved to rescue it prior to engaging in their recreational dive. After carefully approaching the giant ray, the divers began their rescue, carefully and thoroughly cutting the fishing line away. Soon enough, the rescuers were able to see the giant ray off, free from its manmade binds.

Following the rescue, the pair of divers registered the giant ray in a database for the at-risk species. After her encounter with the divers, the oceanic ray received the name, Spi-Phyll. We hope that, in the future, Spi-Phyll is able to remain free of human trash and debris.

Pod of Dolphins Help Rescue Distressed Swimmer

As mentioned, sea creature rescues pop up all over the Internet on a regular basis. And while we applaud those brave Outsiders for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our planet’s land and sea-dwelling friends, they’re not always the ones in need of help.

Earlier this month, rescue teams off the coast of Ireland saw some major assistance from a pod of well-intentioned dolphins.

For 12 hours, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute searched the waters of Castlegregory in County Kerry, Ireland. Despite their best efforts, and the clothing on the beach that confirmed a missing swimmer, crews so no luck.

However, just when we would think rescuers would begin to give up hope, in comes the rescue pod of dolphins. The RNLI released in a statement following the rescue, “At 20:30, the volunteer lifeboat crew with Fenit RNLI spotted a pod of dolphins and a head above the water about two-and-a-half miles off Castlegregory beach.”

The rescue was definitely unique as it appeared the group of sea-dwelling creatures were well-intentioned surrounding the distressed man’s situation. Further, it’s unclear whether if the swimmer found the dolphins or vice versa. Regardless, it stands to reason that it’s not always our sea-dwelling friends in need of a rescue.