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Researchers have always believed that Chilean devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) mostly lived near the ocean's surface because they are most often observed gliding through shallow, warm waters.
When several of Julia Hartup's paddler and free-diving friends reported seeing mantas congregating in a purposeful manner in an area where surgeonfish were spawning, she was intrigued. Even more so when they were able to give her a specific date, which allowed her to calculate the moon phase.
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 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.
Conservationists 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 to ascertain the whereabouts of the endangered animal.
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.
What is believed to be the first giant manta ray born in captivity has arrived at a southern Japanese aquarium, the facility said Sunday.
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...
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...
The bat ray is part of the eagle ray family living on the sandy or muddy sea bottom, a kelp bed, and rocky shoreline, in an estuary, bay, or slough off the Pacific coast and around the Galapagos Islands. It can be found in a group or swimming alone and will sometime bury itself in the sand. The average length of the bat ray is 3.28 feet, but some have been recorded of reaching 5.9 feet. Wingspan of this species can reach 6 feet and weigh up to 200 lbs., but typically 20 - 30 lbs. is the...
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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