Flying ray

On December 3, 2004, in Mason County, a flying “manta ray” was witnessed. On a clear night, after two people, a man and a woman departed Point Pleasant en route to Huntington WV.  On their journey, the woman noticed a sudden movement in the sky over the Ohio River.  It was a greyish, Smooth, winged shape.  The shape swooped in a figure 8 in front of the windshield and then was suddenly gone.

Another sighting was reported in Randolph County near Black Fork and Blackwater River. A woman and her daughter saw a manta shaped creature that glided along over or near their car.   


Size: Bigger than the car. The wingspread was wider than a 2 lane road. 

Color: Grey, Translucent like a jellyfish.


Artists impression


Artist’s rendering

Known ray species (such as the Manta and the Mobula) can lift themselves a least 9 feet out of the water and glide. Since both sighting occurred near rivers, it is probable that this creature is an undiscovered river creature.