Oceanic Manta Ray
- Manta Birostris
- Maldivian Name: En Madi
- Habitat: Shallow lagoons, some reefs and channels.
Location: We have few areas where manta can be spotted during the season. Our Manta sites are Lankan Manta point and Boduhithi thila
Size: 6.8 meters and weight up to 2 tonnes.
- Description: Manta rays are the largest rays and are closely related to sharks. These harmless rays have a short tail and no stinging spine. They are very acrobatic; they can even leap from the water. Remoras (Echeneida) are frequently seen with mantas, staying near the manta's mouth (even inside the gill cavities). The remoras probably feed on parasites on the manta's body and eat bits of the manta's food.
- Diet: Mantas eat microscopic plankton, small fish, and tiny crustaceans. .- Feeding Habits: They funnel the food into their mouth while they swim, using two large, flap-like cephalic lobes which extend forward from the eyes.
- Lifespan: unknown
- Offspring: 1 pub on average.
Status: No danger
Threatened by: human destruction