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Manta rays can be found in oceans around the world. They can swim easily across long distances, or maneuver quickly around reefs. They are large, cartilaginous animals that consume some of the smallest creatures in our oceans. Researchers like those working with Manta Pacific Research Foundation have been working to understand more about these amazing animals, and we look forward to sharing those discoveries with you! 

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Manta rays are large sea animals that live in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate waters worldwide. With a diamond shaped body and wing spans reaching over 20’ across, manta rays are one of the largest animals in the ocean. They have wide triangular wings that they use to easily propel themselves through the water.


Manta rays have a skeleton made of cartilage and are related to sharks and stingrays. They belong to a family known as "devil rays" due to their cephalic fins that fold up to resemble horns. Their are three species of manta, each with their own characteristics and habitats.


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Manta rays have many characteristics that make them uniquely specialized to thrive in their environment. From their "wings" to their gill rakers, mantas captivate and fascinate us. We are constantly learning more about how these animals are adapted to ocean life.



There are still many unknowns regarding mantas; from where they give birth, where juveniles live until adulthood, and even lifespan. One thing that agreed upon by most scientists and manta enthusiasts is that mantas remain mysterious and inspiring!



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