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Manta ray
(Manta birostris)
walrus
Description
Mantas are the largest species of the rays. They are easily recognized in the ocean by their large pectoral fins. They have two cephalic lobes that extend from the front of the head and a broad, rectangular, terminal mouth containing small teeth exclusively in the lower jaw and the gills are located on the underside of the body. They have a short, whip-like tail that, unlike many rays, has no sharp barb. These rays vary in color from black to grayish blue along the back, and a white underside with grayish blotches. The skin of manta rays is rough and scaly.
Dimensions
They wingspan ranges from 22 ft to 29.5 ft wide. The largest weigh about 3,000 pounds.
Diet
They eat planktonic crustaceans and small schooling fish.
Habitat & Range
Manta rays are found in tropical and warm temperate coastal regions of the world's oceans. They can be found from southern California to northern Peru, North Carolina to southern Brazil..
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST VULNERABLE

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