Divers in the Philippines recently had an extraordinary encounter with one of the ocean's most majestic creatures that was in dire need of assistance. Partway through the dive, the group was approached by an enormous manta ray whose wing was tightly wrapped in old fishing line, leaving the animal with a painful-looking gash along its back.
As if understanding that they could help, the manta ray gradually submitted while divers carefully cut away the line, likely saving its life.
"We watched while on our safety stop as she continued to circle below us with another Manta ray," writes Jane Headley, who caught the amazing rescue on film. "I am convinced she stayed with us for help as this was the longest & closest interaction during the week of diving."