Watch this video of a Manta Ray on a Cleaning Station coming to a complete standstill.
Manta Rays sometimes come to Cleaning station which is mostly close to a reef where there are small cleaner fishes like blue streak or moon wrasses. They help each other the Manta ray gets cleaned of parasites and skin remnants and the cleaners get food. It is called a symbiotic relationship. This is often to see underwater also with different species like Moray eel and cleaner shrimp.
Manta Rays are critically endangered and are still hunted. Many people believe that they can or will hurt you, I can assure you they will NOT otherwise I’d be dead a long time ago!
Manta Ray on a Cleaning Station
Manta Ray facts:
- The word ‘manta’ is actually Spanish for blanket or cloak, and it’s pretty easy to see the connection.
- Manta rays have the largest brain to body weight ratio of any living fish; giving it enough smarts to make the average dolphin jealous.
- A fully grown oceanic manta ray can reach a wing span of up to 7 meters and weigh up to two tonnes. Its smaller reef cousin grows to 4.5 meters and weigh an average of 1.5 tonnes.
- Lifespan: Up to 50 years
- Conservation Status: Vulnerable (Population Decreasing)
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