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Manta Ray

SKU 211402

Found in temperate, subtropical, and tropical waters, manta rays are exceptionally large filter feeders that consume large amounts of zooplankton. Despite their huge size, manta rays are quite docile and do not pose a threat to humans.

  • Scientific Name: Genus Manta
  • Characteristics: Did you know there are actually two species of manta ray, the giant oceanic manta ray and the reef manta ray? Can you figure out which species this hand painted figurine is modeled after?
  • Size and Color: 7 inches long and 8 inches wide, both dimensions of this model are about the same size as the width of a piece of legal sized paper. Manta rays are predominantly black, and have white accents along their fins and heads.
  • The Manta Ray is part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History:

    Sadly, both species of manta ray are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN’s red list with a decreasing population trend. Because of their low reproductive rate, manta rays are especially susceptible to harmful effects, the most prevalent of which is overfishing. Manta rays are hunted primarily for their gills, which are used in medicinal products. They also often end up as bycatch in the nets of many fisheries.

    • Recommended Age: 3
    • Size in cm: 18.5 L x 20.5 W x 2.5 H
    • Size in inches: 7.28 L x 8.07 W x 0.98 H
    • Scale: 1:30
    • UPC: 095866021818
    NAME: Manta Ray (Manta birostris) CLASS: Chondrichthyes ORDER: Myliobatidiformes FAMILY: Mobulidae WIDTH: Up to 22 ft (6.7 m) WEIGHT: 1.5 t HABITAT: Warm seas SCALE: 1:30 Huge mantas scoop up tiny prey. These giant relatives of stingrays "fly" through open waters by flapping their wing-like fins. A manta uses the smaller flaps on either side of its head to funnel swarms of plankton and schools of small fish into its gaping mouth. Mantas sometimes take to the air. Leaping from the water, they soar in a high, twisting arc before crashing back into the sea.