A giant manta ray has been filmed asking a diver to help save its life after it recognised them as a regular visitor.
Jake Wilton, an underwater photographer who guides tourists around Australia’s Ningaloo Bay, spotted the creature, known as “Freckles”, in distress.
He was was diving with British TV broadcaster and marine biologist Monty Hall on Ningaloo Reef, in Western Australia when the ray approached them.
The extraordinary footage shows the 30-year-old manta ray seek aid in removing the hooks.
The manta ray turns on her back and spreads her wings as several divers attempt to remove the hooks from under Freckles’ eye.