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 in: 7.28 L x 8.07 W x 0.98 H
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.