Manta Ray Joins Marine Patrol Boat Off Coast of Sarasota, Florida

A marine patrol boat with the Sarasota Police Department encountered an “incredible” manta ray while on patrol off the Florida coast.

This footage, released on May 10, shows the creature swimming by the police department’s boat.

“Our Marine Patrol spent part of their patrol duties enjoying this incredible Manta Ray just north of New Pass on the Gulf side,” the department wrote on Facebook. “We sure serve and protect paradise.”

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, giant manta rays are the world’s largest ray with a wingspan of up to 29 feet. Credit: Sarasota Police Department via Storyful

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