No one would believe what this kid did without this video, so it’s a good thing it was recorded! Out of all of the animals and species in the world, this is probably the last creature you’d guess a little boy befriended with just the help of a snack. People usually either find sea creatures fascinating or frightening, but this boy showed no fear while trying to become friends with a giant manta ray!
In Spain’s Canary Islands, all types of stingray species can be seen in the surrounding waters. This spot with the descending stairs is a place where local fishermen often throw back unwanted fish, and sea creatures stop by hoping to find an easy meal. If you want to see some beautiful beasts up close, this is the place to be.
Here a little boy approaches with a snack in his hand, and a giant manta ray swims right up to him. The calm and affectionate sea creature shows so much trust in the kid as it eats right out of his hands and allows the boy to pet it like a dog! And the boy did a great job handling the situation in a calm and friendly manner as not to spook the manta ray.
This is truly a moment he’ll never forget!
While stingrays are normally curious and friendly creatures, you still need to use caution when approaching any wild animal. The level of trust and familiarity seen here is certainly a result of these types of interactions developing over a long period of time. Like any animal, they will defend themselves if they feel they are being threatened.