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This model loves to cuddle deadly stingrays

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Last updated on: July 23, 2018 17:55 IST
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She loves to dive naked with stingrays underwater. 

Rava Ray

Photographs: Courtesy @ravaray/Instagram

Meet Rava Ray, a Tahitian model who loves diving naked with dangerous stingrays.

She also loves to swim and 'share the water' with sharks, whales, turtles and dolphins.

Touted as the 'Stingray Queen', the 27-year-old model has posed pics of her kissing and cuddling the deadly stingrays underwater.


Born in Mo'orea, a small South Pacific Island, Rava spent her childhood diving with the marine creatures. That explains the special bond she shares them.

Later, when Rava's family moved to Hawii, she learnt to swim underwater. 

'In my dreams, flying is lot like swimming. Except that if I stop swimming I start to sink back towards the ground,' she wrote on Instagram.

'I think I might be a mad ocean scientist. Or maybe I was just a crab in my past life,' she captioned this pic, above.

A huge fan of sea-shells, Ray has been studying fashion designing in New York and loves to create her own jewellery from shells and feathers.

'In my perfect world, I would dive nude every time,' says Rava. 

According to her 'wearing dresses underwater is fun to model in, but swimming away from sharks does become a little difficult.'

'But it takes a special type of photographer to capture it (nudity) in a way I find tasteful,' she told Daily Mail Australia.

'We have spirits. Animals have spirits. We share them with each other every time we interact. Be kind to every being and every thing,' she advises her 48,000 followers on Instagram.

'When I want to be left alone, I don't actually want to be alone. I want to be with non-human beings,' she wrote on Instagram.

'I'm so much more okay with life not making sense when I'm down here,' she added.

Rava often wonders if the stingrays recognise her.'I've never been attacked by their barb,' she said in an interview.

'When you're swimming around, wild animals sometimes aren't sure how to interact'.

'It's the same as the way we might accidentally scratch them with our fingernail'.

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