Fascinating Facts About Manta Rays
A manta ray sighting is one of the most memorable experiences you can have while free-diving in the Komodo National Park. If you’re lucky enough, these enormous spell-bounding creatures can be seen effortlessly gliding through the ocean with remarkable grace.
We won’t be surprised if, after spotting your first manta, you want us to schedule your impending dives in or near the same region to see if you can witness another one. Mantas are mesmerizing creatures, and they seem to have an impressive resume too. Check out what makes Manta rays so fascinating.
- The word ‘manta’ is derived from Spanish. It literally means ‘blanket’. Mantas floating on the surface of the ocean resemble large black blankets – hence the name.
- From mating to birth, it takes baby mantas almost a year to pop out from their mothers. Baby mantas look more like miniature adults.
- Mantas are intelligent! No kidding; having the highest brain to body weight ratio, they are smart enough to put an average dolphin to shame.
- They may be huge, but these enormous creatures survive on tiny zooplankton. This mainly includes small crustaceans like prawns, and segmented worms.
- Manta rays, just like leopard sharks, sport identifiable spots on their underbelly. In fact, these very spots are what visually set them apart from their cousins, the devil rays – of course there are other slight differences too.
- Manta rays are native to Indonesian and other tropical, and subtropical waters; but they are also found in waters around Australia and New Zealand. Places where Mantas are in abundance include Fiji, Bahamas, Spain, Thailand, and Maldives.
- This big fish likes to fly! That’s right – Manta rays have been seen leaping out of water. Although scientists are still working on this mysterious behavior; there are theories that link it to communication or mating rituals.
- Mantas just can’t stay still. Moving forward swills out water over their gills. Therefore, this fish needs to continuously swim in order to stay alive.
- When we say the Mantas are huge, we mean weighing up to 2 tons with a wing span of 7 meters! That’s the average size of a fully grown manta ray.
- Manta rays have a mucus-like film covering their skin that protects it. Human touch can remove the protective layer – so no touching!
- Lastly, and most importantly – these creatures may appear daunting, but they are absolutely HARMLESS! Isn’t that a relief?
While every dive into the Komodo does not guarantee a Manta sighting, but if you choose to go scuba-diving, or free-diving with us at Uber Scuba, you may just have the privilege of witnessing these amazing creatures in action.
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