Peaceful drone footage of an eagle ray gliding through crystal clear water on a sunny day

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This peaceful drone footage shows a spotted eagle ray gliding through crystal clear water on a sunny day just metres from a deserted shoreline.

A drone caught the graceful ray tracing the coast and sunbathing in the shallows just off Juno Beach, Florida, USA. 

It was spotted by Paul Dabill, 46, a restaurant owner from Jupiter, Palm Beach County, who was watching the sea for wildlife that morning.

Paul said: "I could tell it was a spotted eagle ray because of its shape and unique pattern on the back of its body. 

"He came in from deeper water to the shore break. He started northbound then quickly turned south and stayed the course.

"I see them several times a year so they are fairly common in our area.

"I like using my drone to film sea life because of the unique perspective it provides."

Spotted eagle rays can grow up to 17 feet long from snout to tip and weigh up to 230kg.

This video was taken on January 16 2021.