Manta Ray Spotted By Researchers Off Canaveral National Seashore

By  //  February 18, 2016

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During a Right Whale survey, Florida Fish and Wildlife researchers discovered a Manta Ray around 16 nautical miles off Canaveral National Seashore. (FWC Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – During a Right Whale survey, Florida Fish and Wildlife researchers discovered a Manta Ray around 16 nautical miles off Canaveral National Seashore.

The Manta Rays are protected in Florida state waters.

Few facts on Manta Rays:

– The larger species (giant oceanic manta ray) can reach a size of 23 feet in width while the smaller species (reef manta ray) reach a size of 18 feet.

– As filter feeders, manta rays consume large quantities of zooplankton in the form of shrimp, krill and planktonic crabs.

– The primary food source for the Manta Ray is plankton.

– The animals face a difficult situation being listed as vulnerable species whose population has a tendency to decrease due to fishing and habitat degradation.

–Mantas can travel alone or in groups of up to 50.

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Mantas may travel alone or in groups of up to 50. (MantaRay.com Image)


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