Cheeky Giant Manta flips diver mid-swim

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Josh Stewart had an unexpected experience when he dived into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru in search of a giant manta ray.

After encountering a 15-feet manta he tried to photograph’s the ray’s underbelly—a common practice to ID the manta—when the cheeky animal decided to take the diver on a quick swim.

Pushed by the ray, Stewart was forced to somersault under water before the animal swam away.

“I was just swimming down as I usually do to capture a manta ID shot and before I knew it, I was engulfed in the wings of this massive manta as I tumbled through the water,” Stewart told GrindTv. “I suffered no injuries but it was certainly a big surprise.”

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