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Wisdom Wednesday | Manta Rays

Shore Buddies Wisdom Wednesday 08/11/21

Manta Ray

Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/stevepeletz/

Look, it’s a bird!  It’s a plane.  No, it’s a manta ray!  Scientists today are still uncertain of the reason behind the manta ray’s flying-like habits above the water, but some possible explanations include mating rituals, communication, and removing parasites.  Unlike their cousin, the stingray, manta rays are completely harmless with their tiny teeth and dormant tail.  Additionally, they have the largest brain-to-body ratio of any fish, making them arguably one of the smartest in the sea!  Although they are filter feeders, you can spot them enjoying the ocean’s tropic and subtropic open waters.  Now that you know a little more about manta rays, it’s important you do your part to protect them by helping keep our oceans safe and clean.

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