Jun 072012

The Manta Ray is the final release in our Australian Sea Life II – The Reef series. What a marvellous opportunity to learn more about this mysterious sea creature.

  1. The Manta Ray is the largest ray and one of the largest living fish, excluding whales and sharks.
  2. The species is found over areas of continental shelf throughout the world’s tropics and subtopics. The Manta Ray is very common in the tropical waters of Australia.
  3. The Manta Ray can reach immense sizes of three to seven metres (with reports of large specimens measuring more than nine metres) and can weigh in excess of 1,350 kilograms.
  4. The graceful movement of the Manta Ray’s fins through the water is very similar to that of a bird in flight. It is also a fast swimmer and can leap out of the water.
  5. Being ‘ovoviviparous’ the Manta Ray’s young are wrapped in a thin-shell that hatches inside the mother.
  6. Manta Rays are filter feeders and consume plankton.
  7. Because of their size, there are very few Manta Rays kept in captivity.
  8. The species can lose their protective mucus membrane if they are touched by humans.
  9. The Manta Ray doesn’t have a nose, and its mouth is located on the top of the head instead of on the bottom.
  10. Unlike the dangerous Sting Ray, the Manta Ray is not harmful, and does not possess a stinger.
Australian Sea Life II – The Reef Coin Series

Hawksbill Turtle, Starfish, Surgeonfish, Octopus, Manta Ray – each shipper joins with others in the series to create a beautiful underwater scene.


  2 Responses to “Ten fascinating facts about the Manta Ray”

  1. Fact 1: the whale isnt a fish

  2. you stated,unlike the dangerous stingray ,bollocks stingrays are not dangerous respect them and give them room. next time wright those deadly humans


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