Dec 8

The sleepless nights are beginning to show amongst the ARKive team as they decide which species is ahead of the pack. Our last revelation was by Rebecca Taylor with her love for the sensational sea otter, but will this week’s team member favour cuddliness or mind-blowing biological ability?

Rebecca Moran – ARKive Species Text Author

Favourite species? Manta ray

Why? I think I’m mainly fascinated by the manta ray because of its sheer size! It can measure a whopping 6.7 metres across, which would be roughly equivalent to four of me (or any lady of average height!) laid end to end! In spite of its size, the manta ray is extremely graceful, using its large wings to seemingly fly through the water while feeding on tiny planktonic organisms. I’d definitely love to don some flippers and have a snorkel with a manta ray some day.

Favourite image on ARKive:

Photo of manta ray

Manta ray swimming

The manta ray (Manta birostris) is listed as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List, and is currently threatened by fishing, both intentionally and as accidental bycatch. This species is now protected in many areas, with total fishing bans imposed by some countries.

See more photos and videos of the manta ray.

  • ARKive blog - The ARKive Team’s Favourite Species – Liz Shaw (December 15th, 2011 at 12:02 pm):

    […] choosing their favourite species, whereas for others, the cat simply had their tongue. Last time Rebecca Moran shared her admiration for the awe-inspiring manta ray which super special species will come out on […]