Breathtaking Images Capture Daring Diver Swimming with Manta Rays

In a series of awe-inspiring photographs, 42-year-old Alex Voyer captured his wife, Marianne Aventurier, 43, swimming alongside majestic manta rays while freediving in the waters off French Polynesia.

The couple, both professional underwater photographers and freedivers, were exploring the region during their world sailing adventure, which included stops at various diving destinations.

The photos, taken in August, feature Marianne surrounded by the graceful manta rays. Alex described the location as “iconic for marine life.”

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They stumbled upon a manta ray cleaning station near a remote island, where the rays would gather each morning to be cleaned by small grass fish.

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The couple decided to spend time observing the manta rays, being careful not to disturb their crucial cleaning rituals.

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According to Alex, the manta rays exhibited diverse behaviors, with some being curious while others were more shy and reserved.

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One unforgettable moment saw the friendly rays seemingly inviting Marianne to glide alongside them in their aquatic ballet.

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