I was obsessed with manta rays as a kid back on the Sixties. There was something just wonderful about them.
Huge, graceful and mysterious, they filled my daydreams already populated by frogmen and skin divers.
Its hard to say where this came from; maybe James Bond's Thunderball, maybe even Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
I do recall that there were loads of pictures of rays in books and educational comics at the time. They were part of popular culture back then just like frogmen.
I don't think I had a toy ray unless one came with an Action Man set. Maybe I had a rubber ray. I know I had a rubber octopus.
Here's the sort of amazing manta illustration I mean [by Mort Kunstler]:
Did you like rays as a kid readers?