Creating the Manta Ray July 21 2014

In 1978, I was scuba diving near Lahaina, Maui. I had stayed out a little longer than I intended and found myself at almost sunset swimming through a murky area known for sharks. I was almost to the shore, about twenty feet under the surface, when I saw a shadow above me. I was certain it was a shark, so I stopped dead in the water. It passed overhead and then suddenly dove down in front of me. I was so relieved to discover it was a docile manta ray. As it passed by it twisted and turned in a ballet-like move and shot out to sea beneath me. The maneuver was so graceful I had to try to catch it in a jewelry piece. I rushed back to shore and pulled out my sketch book to capture the moment.