THIS is the second an enormous 150kg stingray had a “nibble” on a Perth freediver’s head off Rottnest Island.
Documentary filmmaker and diver Johnny Debnam, 29, was snorkelling with buddies at Rottnest Island a fortnight in the past when the pleasant big of the deep got here in for a better look.
“We had been snorkelling in about 4m of water. We had been filming the large stingrays and I used to be freediving all the way down to the underside,” he mentioned.
“This explicit ray really swam excessive of me twice and utterly coated my physique.
“I mentioned to our digital camera man, Cameron Wallace, come over and movie this. I dived to the underside and sat deep within the sea grass and it came visiting once more. It really had a nibble on the again of my head. It didn’t damage or something. I felt it having a little bit of a nibble and I simply tried to remain as nonetheless as may.
“They’ll solely damage you in the event you provoke it. I used to be attempting to remain nonetheless and benefit from the expertise.”
Mr Debnam, of Sorrento, Perth, estimated the animal at 150kg and 1.8m in diameter.
He mentioned he commonly encountered stingrays however few had been as curious as this animal.
“That’s the primary time I’ve had that occur. They often come up after which again off after they get shut,” he mentioned.
“This was one explicit stingray that stored going excessive of me.
“It’s fairly distinctive. It doesn’t occur every single day.”
Mr Debnam has spent years diving with marine wildlife and he warned different divers of the hazards of approaching stingrays.
“You undoubtedly wouldn’t wish to get hit by the tail. It was approaching me, I actually wasn’t chasing it or something,” he mentioned.
Mr Debnam and a number of other buddies based Terra Australis TV, an organization devoted to filming the wealthy wildlife in WA waters.
The group have restored a vessel and are at present filming a documentary on sharks and ship wrecks on a voyage from Fremantle to Exmouth.