His namesake is the mythological god of the sky but as Zeus the manta ray flew through the clouds, he was at the mercy of a helicopter until it reached the shore.
The 70-stone sea creature was carried on a vast net to the Atlantic Ocean from Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where he had been in captivity for three years.
As part of a research and release program at the Atlantis resort, the massive black ray was lowered into the open sea.
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Star in the sky: Zeus takes to the air
Spanning 13ft in diameter, Zeus had to be transported on a hydraulically welded frame to make sure he got to the water safely.
Following the two hour journey, the Ray, which has a 3dt-wide mouth, was released after spending three years as a popular tourist attraction at the resort.
Marine biologists will now monitor his movements through a satellite tracking tag.
Freedom: Zeus is lowered into the ocean, his days as a tourist attraction over
Pictured: Zeus, the 70-stone manta ray takes to the sky (with the help of a helicopter) | the Daily Mail