Manta Ray Facts
Top Manta Ray Facts
The animal kingdom is home to fascinating and mysterious creatures that can amaze young and old. Meet the most interesting facts about the manta rays!
1-There are 2 species of manta rays: the reef manta (Manta alfredi) and the giant manta ray (Manta birostris).
2- The largest species is the giant manta ray, whose central disc can measure up to 9 meters wide.
3- It possesses gills in the lower body, through which it obtains oxygen from water.
4-Their diet consists basically of zooplankton.
5-It’s distributed only in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
6-They do not represent a significant threat to humans, but may attack if disturbed.
7-Manta rays have the largest brain of all fish.
8-They often visit sites called “cleaning stations” where some fish species are responsible for removing parasites from their skin.
9-They’re ovoviviparous. The female gives birth to live offspring, but these develop in eggs inside the mother.
10-Both species are classified as “vulnerable” in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
11- Their natural predators are large sharks, killer whales and false killer whales.
12- They usually avoid contact with humans.
13-They have been observed jumping out of water, presumably to eliminate parasites or to communicate, although there is also the possibility that the act constitutes a game.
14- They have teeth but only found in the lower jaw.
15-These teeth are used to chew food.
16-Usually, a female only has 1-2 offspring at a time.
17 are not particularly social animals, but often meet when feeding and performing migrations.
18- Their, agile and elegant swimming makes them being compared with birds flapping their wings during flight.
19- They belong to the Elasmobranchii subclass the same class containing sharks.
20- Their skeleton is composed of cartilage and not bone.
21. They lack venomous tail spikes.