Monday, September 13, 2010

Book 'em Danno

What began as a serene night dive off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii last month, quickly turned into a mugging.

Cameraman Travis Matteson was capturing footage with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II of manta rays for the scuba diving travel television show "Into the Drink" when suddenly, one of them hooked it's giant wings with the light system, and darted off with over $5000 worth of photo gear. With the camera still running, the manta ray made a 8 minute run, and finally dropped the gear off completely undamaged just yards from the dive boat. 

Even manta rays like shooting video with the new DSLRs.

Underwater videographer Johnny Reidt caught the entire theft on camera making it an easy case for Hawaii Five-0.

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