The Kid Should See This

The largest school of rays ever caught on film

Tens of thousands of mobula rays come together off the coast of Baja California in a brilliant display of their massive numbers underwater. Then watch them breach for reasons unknown. The leaps out of the water are spectacular as their pectoral fins flap in the air.

Though it’s hard to tell in this clip, these animals are quite large, likely weighing over a ton and reaching “a disc width of up to 5.2 m (17 ft)…” This is also likely the largest school of rays ever to be caught on film, captured for National Geographic’s Untamed Americas.

Surprisingly, we know very little about these large “flying” creatures. They feed on plankton and small fish, give birth to a single pup, and are listed as endangered, but we’ve yet to learn the details of their population, birth cycles, or what keeps them healthy. In many ways, they remain mysterious.

In the archives, two more incredible ray videos: California Devil Rays leap from the Pacific and Dr. Andrea Marshall gets up close with the giant manta rays of Mozambique.

Thanks, @HeathenReason.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants

Rion Nakaya

Flamingos swim with stingrays in their hydrotherapy session

Rion Nakaya

Tarpon and sharks feast on millions of grey mullet

Rion Nakaya

Why do fish school?

Rion Nakaya

Wonders in the Sky: A murmuration of starlings in slow motion

Rion Nakaya

Norwegian orcas eat herring by cooperatively carousel feeding

Rion Nakaya

Secrets of Schooling: Investigating the collective behavior of fish

Rion Nakaya

California Devil Rays Leap from the Pacific – Earthflight

Rion Nakaya

The Catlin Seaview Survey: “Street View” for the Great Barrier Reef

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe