Manta raysare on the top of the list of encounters for many people. These gentle giants are found in all of the temperate and tropical oceans of the world. These filter feeders can reach up to 20 feet across and are one of the largest fish in the ocean. There are two colour morphs of this amazing animal: the white bellied and the black bellied. The black is far less common than the white and are always a nice surprise to encounter one. The white belly patches (or black patches on the white) are distinct for every manta. Scientists use this “spot fingerprint” in order to identify individual mantas and track their movements.
Daily Photo Manta Ray – Black bellied manta ray photographed at “Manta Sandy” in the Dampier Strait of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. If you would like to visit this amazing area then please join us on a liveaboard trip in November 2022.