(CNN) — An enormous manta ray has been filmed repeatedly in search of assist from divers, in a exceptional encounter off the coast of Australia.

Footage reveals Freckles the ray approaching the divers, off the Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia, and displaying them that it had fish hooks caught underneath its eye.

One of many divers eliminated the hooks after a number of makes an attempt, and photographs of the weird assembly has gone viral.

“We have been actually fortunate in that we noticed a manta good and early, and quietly slipped into the water to spend a while with it,” photographer Monty Halls stated in a Fb put up. “After a couple of minutes we seen that it had some fish hooks buried beneath (its) proper eye, and was repeatedly presenting itself to our information Jake.”

“This wasn’t my creativeness, repeatedly it got here again, turned over, and paused within the water, and — plainly — was seeking to us to be helped,” Halls added.

“Jake acquired some pliers, and — made a number of makes an attempt, with the manta returning every time to permit him one other go (it was clearly painful for it). Lastly, he managed it, and the manta settled quietly on the underside and stayed with us for a wee whereas.”

Freckles is one of many manta rays off the Ningaloo Coast.

Freckles is considered one of many manta rays off the Ningaloo Coast.

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“It was a rare half hour or so, and such a transparent illustration that these animals have intelligence, belief, and a robust affiliation with people who deal with them with respect,” he wrote.

In a video of the incident, Halls stated the manta ray acknowledged the divers from earlier expeditions.

Manta rays are considered one of numerous creatures present in Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage website and one of many world’s longest near-shore reefs. Their wingspans can develop to greater than 20 toes however, in contrast to sting rays, they can’t hurt people and infrequently greet close by divers.