Manta ray, Mobula alfredi

A male manta ray (Mobula alfredi) follows a larger female during a courtship ritual photographed at Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Western Australia. The species is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Mating and birthing locations remain uncertain throughout its range and these behaviours are rarely observed in the wild.

Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Western Australia

Canon EOS 5D Mk IV, Canon EF 16–35mm f4 L IS, 1/250, f/10, ISO 200, Nauticam underwater housing, handheld while freediving

by Fabrice Jaine, New South Wales