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Manta rays are able to slowly glide over long distances, or maneuver quickly among the reef. They have large mouths and specialized cephalic fins that allow them to filter feed and consume large amounts of plankton with minimal effort. Mantas are uniquely suited to thrive in their environment, with characteristics and anatomy we are still learning about!

The pectoral fins of mantas are often referred to as "wings". The pectoral fins are flat on the bottom and slightly rounded on top, making them hydrodynamic and create lift. These characteristics enable mantas to make minor adjustments to alter their direction in the water. They can glide over long distances with little effort or make rapid movements as they dart quickly around the reef. 

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