It’s a good time of year to spot Shovelnose Rays at Cook Island. These sharks are shy and it can be difficult to get close for a photo. However due to the poor visibility we got quite close to five of the sharks resting on a sand patch, just out from the Coral Garden moorings (southern side of the Island).
One of the Shovelnose rays that we saw yesterday had damage on his nose, similar to the one we photographed in 2006. We wondered if it could possibly have been the same shark. But on checking on photos, the one we saw yesterday was much smaller and the scaring was in front of the eyes.
There is no denying that rubbish in our oceans has an adverse effect on its inhabitants.