Recently, the appearance of giant pink rays on the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier of Australia has made the online community extremely surprised and excited.
Photographer Kristian Laine during a photo shoot and photographing underwater animals off Lady Elliot Island at the Great Barrier Reef has encountered a very rare sight, which is a giant and colored ray pink. Because it was so surprising, the photographer initially thought his camera was faulty.
Giant stingrays are commonly known for their black backs and white bellies, but this particular chasing has black backs and pink bellies.
Photographer Laine said: “When I photographed, I spotted a pink-tailed ray stingray, but at that time I did not know that there was a pink stingray in the world. So I was very confused and thought that my camera was in trouble. ”
And after taking a closer look, and making sure his camera was working properly, Laine really believed that he had encountered a special pink ray. He and the other male rays are chasing one female.
And this distinct pink ray is Inspector Clouseau – the only giant pink ray spotted in the world. According to National Geographic, the ray was named after the clumsy inspector in this “Pink Panther” film first discovered in 2015 by Ryan Jeffery.
Initially, scientists thought that the giant pink of this giant ray was due to dermatitis or its diet. However, in 2016, a skin sample taken from the Inspector Clouseau showed that this is a gene mutation. And Inspector Clouseau is also rarely seen, only about 10 times in the past 5 years.
Laine shared that the pink ray was very gentle and when he looked into his eyes he felt that he seemed to be smiling in a friendly way. The photographer also felt very lucky to have had this wonderful experience: “I didn’t even know the pink ray existed until that diving trip. After searching for information, I discovered that the ray was similar to Inspector Clouseau. I was really surprised at what I had witnessed.
About giant rays, scientists believe they are one of the smartest marine animals. With a wingspan of 7.6m and a weight of up to 2,300kg, the giant ray is one of the smartest but most mysterious creatures in the ocean. Giant stingrays live in warm waters of the ocean. They swim near the surface thanks to the pair of fins attached to the chest. The biggest feature of this family is the longer fins than the body. They are pregnant for 12 months and give birth only one child at a time.
Giant rays can swim more than 1,100km in 60 days. The main predators of giant rays are large sharks and whales.
They suck water during swimming to catch fish larvae, plankton. There are small fishes swimming near giant stingrays to remove parasites, dead cells in gills and on skin of rays. Other than rumors, giant rays do not attack divers.
The Great Barrier Reef where photographer Kristian Laine sees the giant pink ray Inspector Clouseau is the world’s largest coral reef system, including more than 2,900 separate reefs and 900 islands stretching over 2,300m, with a total area of 344,400m². It is located on the Coral Sea area, off the coast of Queensland, northeastern Australia.