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margocavis Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 48] (172)
While doing marine conservation work on the island of Mahe we were just getting started doing a coral survey when we saw is this enormous Manta Ray - about 11 feet from tip to tip! The visibility wasn't that great, but he circled around us a few times, so I was able to get close enough for some decent photos.

The Seychelles is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) east of Kenya. The number of islands in the archipelago is often given as 115 but the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155.

I stayed on the island of Mahé for most of the summer of 2006, doing marine conservation work. But also stayed on Curieuse for a week & visited Praslin The scenery was beautiful & the diving was incredible!

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margocavis Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 48] (172)
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Edited by:meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)

In PS, I took the highlight back, increased contrast by 15%, treated the grainy background with "blur", sharpened slightly.
Dietrich