All you ever wanted to know about manta rays: their behavior, diet, anatomy, how to protect them, and much more.
10 Fun Facts about Manta Rays
Manta Rays can be pretty quirky at times! Here are some fun facts about the gentle giants of the sea to share with your friends...
Are manta rays fish or mammals? Do they lay eggs?
Are manta rays fish or mammals? Do they lay eggs, are manta ray pups born alive, or are they something else entirely?
Where to Find Manta Rays in the Wild Around the World
Where do manta rays live, and what are some of the best places around the world to swim with mantas in their natural habitat?
Why do Manta Rays Jump out of the Water?
When manta rays jump out of the water, they look like they're flying - the phenomenon is called “breaching”. While we don't know exactly why they do it, these are the most popular theories!
Get to Know the Majestic Reef Manta Ray
The reef manta ray is often confused with its larger relative, the giant manta ray. Let's explore their diet and habitat, how they differ from other rays, and what we can do to protect them from extinction!
8 Unique Techniques Manta Rays Use for Filter-Feeding
Manta rays need to a lot of food to sustain themselves. They developed intricate techniques for filter-feeding on plankton and other tiny food.
Do Manta Rays Smile? And What’s the Deal with Giggling Sting Rays?
When people ask if manta rays smile, they're usually confounding mantas for sting rays. Check out these pictures of a manta ray mouth and stingray underbellies, and learn why it's easy to get confused!
The Development of a Baby Manta Ray
Baby manta rays are born wrapped up like a burrito - and the birth wrinkles take a long time to smoothen out! Check out the footage of a manta ray pup over the course of her first couple of months.
Manta Ray Cleaning Stations: Fishy Day Spas in Hawaii
In the coral reefs around Hawaii, we find what we call “cleaning stations” - and this is where manta rays (and other animals) go to get clean.
How smart are manta rays? What’s that big brain for?
The brain of a manta ray is as large as a fist - which might not seem much if you compare it to humans or other mammals, however, mantas have the biggest brain-to-body ratio of all fish. We still have a lot to learn about manta rays and an intelligence test for fish has not been developed yet…
The Manta Ray Cyclone: a Feeding Frenzy Phenomenon
When up to 150 feeding manta rays join a plankton feeding frenzy, they create a manta ray cyclone. Watch the video and learn more about this unique phenomenon!
The Anatomy of Manta Rays
Manta rays are huge but harmless ocean dwellers with interesting anatomy - watch the video to discover what each body part is for exactly!
How Do Manta Rays Poop, Vomit and Other Gross Stuff?
Like other sea creatures, manta rays eat; that means they also poop, and even vomit. Learn how mantas "eliminate" - we've included a video too!
Manta Rays have Names! So Who’s Naming Them and How?
Each manta ray know by man has an individual name or designation. Read more about the process for giving manta rays and other marine animals an official name!
Why do Manta Rays Twirl when they’re Eating?
Why do manta rays twirl, roll and twist while they feed? And what does that have to make with airplane engineering?