Black, jumping tortillas
Every day, we had a yummy breakfast at our hotel, right in front of the beach, and got on the boat for our morning tour. Almost every day, the dolphins of La Paz escorted us out of the bay as we made our way towards the east. And almost every day we got to swim with hundreds of Mobula rays! Warm water, sunny skies and black tortillas (mobulas) jumping on the surface, belly flopping and somersaulting all around us. Then we would slip in the water, put our masked faces in and discover there were way more mobulas under the surface than what it seemed like from above. The patch of darkness you could see from the boat turned into a cloud of rays when you looked under the waves, filling the water column from surface to bottom. At first we would swim on the surface to get them used to our presence, then slowly starting to freedive for a closer look. Someone would make a sudden move or get a bit close, and the cloud would scatter and disappear in a split second, only to gather back again once we gave them their space. Sometimes the schools were not so shy and stayed together and even merged with other groups while we swam with them, as if introducing us to the other mobulas in the area. Magnificent!