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2014-05-22 12:27:45

ORLANDO, Fla., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- What's the best thing about kids being out of school for the summer? Celebrating at SeaWorld(®) Orlando and Busch Gardens(®) Tampa all week long! Both parks are launching an all-new "select your day, select your savings" ticket offer. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140522/90462 This new pricing lets guests choose between a weekday visit or an "any day" visit, both offering great savings. Guests have the flexibility of being able...

2014-03-27 16:23:39

"Like nowhere else, all in one place and so close" NEW YORK, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nineteen cities around the world, seven of them located in Ecuador, will see giant 19-foot letters appear on April 1 at 9 a.m. ET in emblematic places. These letters, put together, will make up the phrase "ALL YOU NEED IS ECUADOR", the slogan of an ambitious tourism campaign that highlights the unmatched supply of tourism attractions this South American country has to offer. This initial...

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...

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...

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...

'Magic Carpet' Modeled After Manta Ray
2011-09-30 11:18:41

A team at Princeton University has developed a four-inch transparent magic carpet. The team, lead by graduate student Noah Jafferis, created a flying carpet based on the manta ray that utilizes piezoelectric actuators and sensors.  The electric current flexes the sheet into waves that drive tiny pockets of air across the sheet. The prototype moves at about 120 feet per hour and only travels a few inches high above the ground. Jafferis said he is working on a solar powered...

2011-04-06 18:08:00

ORLANDO, Fla., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Orlando is sure to be this spring and summer's most popular vacation destination. All-new shows, experiences and adventures at both SeaWorld and Discovery Cove top Orlando's must-see list. And, SeaWorld Orlando's incredible new value-filled vacation packages and official hotels offer terrific values and benefits like front-of-the-line access, free transportation and free, all-day dining. Find out more or book a vacation now at...


Latest Manta 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...

Bull Ray, Pteromylaeus Bovinus
2012-12-27 16:11:25

The bull ray is found in the warm coastal waters, lagoons, and estuaries of Europe and Africa, mainly in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Black Sea, and Mediterranean Sea. The full distribution of this species is unclear. It swims both near the surface and on the bottom to feed in small groups at depths of 200 ft or more, sometimes leaping out of the water. Occasionally it is called a duckbill ray in the region of South Africa. The shape of the head is where the bull ray gets its...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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