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Moon Phases May Drive Mantas To Congregate And Feed
2014-02-19 06:24:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Julia Hartup is the Mariana Islands Program Leader for the Manta Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and conservation of mantas and their environment. When several of her paddler and free-diving friends reported seeing mantas congregating in a purposeful manner in an area where surgeonfish were spawning, Hartup was intrigued. Even more so when they were able to give her a specific date, which allowed her to calculate...

Researchers Identify Ray Species Used For Their Filters In Asian Medical Trade
2013-09-20 10:02:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly published study led by researchers at the University of Washington has identified the anatomical differences between the different filters of various marine rays. Study researchers said their findings could be used to assess the species of ray filters being sold in Asian apothecary shops and to create new and improved manufacturing filters. The Washington researchers said they have found enough signature markers to be able to...

2013-03-14 17:49:13

CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish. Japan, backed by Gambia and India, unsuccessfully challenged the Committee decision to list the oceanic whitetip shark, while Grenada and China failed in an attempt to reopen debate on listing three hammerhead species. Colombia, Senegal, Mexico and others took the floor to defend...

Environmental Factors Affect Manta Rays
2012-10-04 20:49:56

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The manta ray, or Manta birostris as he is known among his more learned friends, only holds sway in two popular culture references that this writer can recall. As mascot for the Tampa Bay Devilrays and as school headmaster in ℠Finding Nemo´, it would seem his terrestrial visibility was in danger. So too, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN), a global union of states, governmental agencies and NGO´s...

Sharks And Rays Need More Protection From Overfishing
2012-09-05 05:41:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At the IUCN's World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea, this week, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and over 35 other government agencies and NGO (non-governmental organizations) partners urged the world's governments to take urgent steps to save sharks and rays from the relentless pressure of overfishing for international trade. The WCS-led consortium is specifically advocating for the listing of sharks and rays under the...

First Satellite Study Of Tagged Manta Rays Exposes Hidden Habits
2012-05-12 06:01:44

Conservationists from the University of Exeter in the UK, the Government of Mexico, and the Wildlife Conservation Society have completed a revolutionary study of Manta Rays, utilizing innovative satellite tracking devices. The published study is the first to track the ocean´s largest ray, growing to twenty-five feet long, using satellite telemetry to ascertain the whereabouts of the endangered animal. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Manta ray...

2011-11-25 11:16:00

UN Conservation Convention Accepts Ecuador Proposal to List Largest Living Rays BERGEN, Norway, Nov. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark Advocates International is heralding today's agreement by Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to list the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) under CMS Appendix I and II. The listing obligates CMS member countries to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their habitats, and encourages concerted...

2009-05-23 18:30:33

With shark populations tumbling around the world, Chinese cooks are turning to manta and devil rays to fill their shark fin soup pots. Until recently, the rays were targeted only by subsistence fishermen, The Times of London reported Friday. Now, about 1,500 big manta rays are taken every year in the Indonesian fishing port of Lamakera. Tim Clark of the University of Hawaii said the rays could be overfished quickly. They have a long lifespan -- possibly more than 50 years -- and do not begin...

2008-03-24 09:00:24

What's it like to live in a far-off place most of us see only on a vacation? Foreign Correspondence is an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit. Michelle Liu, 42, is vice president of Marine Aquarium Operations at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, in the Bahamas, off the island of New Providence. She's a native of Eleuthera, another island in the Bahamas. Q. Marine Aquarium Operations: What does that mean? A. On the property, just in fish aquariums _ not...

2007-06-21 04:05:00

TOKYO (AP) - A giant manta ray baby that was believed to be the first born in captivity died Thursday after being abused by its father, Japanese keepers said. The female baby manta was born Saturday at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, more than a year after its parents mated. The baby manta, which was more than 6 feet wide, was pronounced dead Thursday morning after living only 4 1/2 days, the aquarium said in a statement. "To our greatest regret, (the baby) didn't last very long, despite our...


Latest Manta ray Reference Libraries

Reef Manta Ray, Manta alfredi
2012-12-29 11:15:17

The reef manta ray is found in shallow coastal waters around the Indo-West Pacific, The Red Sea, South Africa, Thailand and Western Australia. It can also be found around the southern islands of Japan and from Eastern Australia to French Polynesia, including the Hawaiian Islands. It will normally stay within a few miles of the shoreline around coral and rocky reef areas. The reef manta ray is the second largest of the ray family, reaching a maximum length of up to 16.4 feet and maximum...

Giant Oceanic Manta Ray, Manta Birostris
2012-12-29 11:07:10

The largest ray in the world is the giant oceanic manta ray. It is found in the open water of all the major oceans of the world. In the eastern Atlantic it can be seen from New Jersey to Uruguay; in the western Atlantic from the Azores Islands to South Africa; in the eastern Pacific from southern California to Peru and in the western Pacific from Japan to New Zealand. It also can be seen in the entire Indian Ocean. This manta ray will swim in deep water but enter the shallows around reefs for...

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