Unfortunately, because of overfishing both species of manta ray are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Because of their low reproductive rate, manta rays are especially vulnerable to detrimental and volatile changes in their populations. Since groups of manta rays often live at great distances from one another, there is little hope that these separate groups will successfully intermingle and breed.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 10.7 L x 10.4 W x 2 H
- Size in inches: 4.21 L x 4.09 W x 0.79 H
- UPC: 095866277727
Giant manta rays and reef manta rays are listed as vulnerable mainly due to fishing. Their slow speed makes them easy to catch, while their slow reproductive rate makes it harder for both species to maintain abundant populations. Manta rays are protected by fishing regulations and bans in certain areas.