The Manta Ray, the next largest marine species on the Great Barrier Reef following the whales and the whale sharks, can equally be described as both charismatic and 'mega'. They grow to 5 metres in width and weigh several hundred kgs. They are a not-to-be-forgotten experience for any snorkeller or diver who is fortunate enough to see one while underwater. Divers often come into contact with these animals on an ad hoc basis and there are many references to swimming with mantas in the popular literature.


Manta rays are an active swimmer, occupying all parts of the water column, particularly mid water and near surface - whereas bottom dwelling and more sedentary species of rays would be more susceptible to capture by trawl operations

Manta rays may have little affinity for open deep water and prefer areas in contact with coastal or reef/island features, areas where trawlers do not work While little is known about the current status of manta rays in Australia it is assumed because their distribution appears to cover a broad geographic area and there are few identified threats, that their populations are secure. Manta rays are not currently protected by any fisheries legislation in Australia.

 

The Manta Ray, the next largest marine species on the Great Barrier Reef following the whales and the whale sharks, can equally be described as both charismatic and 'mega'. They grow to 5 metres in width and weigh several hundred kgs. They are a not-to-be-forgotten experience for any snorkeller or diver who is fortunate enough to see one while underwater. Divers often come into contact with these animals on an ad hoc basis and there are many references to swimming with mantas in the popular literature.


Manta rays are an active swimmer, occupying all parts of the water column, particularly mid water and near surface - whereas bottom dwelling and more sedentary species of rays would be more susceptible to capture by trawl operations

Manta rays may have little affinity for open deep water and prefer areas in contact with coastal or reef/island features, areas where trawlers do not work While little is known about the current status of manta rays in Australia it is assumed because their distribution appears to cover a broad geographic area and there are few identified threats, that their populations are secure. Manta rays are not currently protected by any fisheries legislation in Australia. 

 

SIZE: H12cm x W12cm

Manta Ray on Coral - Edition 250

$750.00Price
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