While diving near the Portuguese Azores Pico Islands, 42-year-old Stefano Ulivi approached what he initially thought was a saucer-shaped rock formation at the bottom of the ocean.
As he got closer, though, the “rock” sprung to life—and after he turned on his camera to film the encounter, he was shocked and fascinated to see a giant, alien-like creature rise up from the sand and look his way!
Shaped somewhat like a large disk, the underwater creature was roughly the size of a shark, and it began to propel itself through the water by “rippling” its fins. The creature, it turns out, was a massive stingray!
Although it’s certainly not as common to see this kind of fish swimming around at this size, though, Ulivi’s discovery isn’t the only of it’s kind.
The giant oceanic ray, which falls under a slightly different species genus from this particular fish, can be upwards of 3,600 lbs. Even the freshwater rays can be as big as cars, although that tips the extreme side of the scale for the species.
The incredible encounter reveals the beauty of lifeforms that call the ocean home. Far from being aggressive, the unusual fish was quick to leave the scene after its natural subterfuge was blown—making for a memorable encounter with an underwater friend.
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