What are some interesting facts about Manta Rays?
The Manta Ray has the largest brain to body ratio of all sharks and rays on Earth. They can grow to over 7.5m in length and weigh as much as 2,000 kgs. Manta rays live to around 20 years old and are very close relative of the shark. Ironically, sharks as well as whales are their main predators. They are also closely related to the stingray but they don’t have a stinger.
The name Manta means blanket in Spanish, and the fact that this creature looks like a blanket as it moves in the water is part of the namesake. Manta rays are located throughout tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs which means that many visitors to these regions come wonder at these magnificent marine creatures.
All images are taken by professional Liquid Lense Underwater Digital Imaging Specialists at the dive sites around Ko Lanta, Thailand. Click on any image below to start a slideshow.