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Gentle Giants This Giant Oceanic Manta Ray are fondly called Gentle Giants as despite their size of up to 7 meters wing span, they are harmless to humans.  They are filter feeders feeding on tiny planktons and although they are from the Sting Ray family, they no longer have the venomous barb unlike other smaller sized Sting Rays.<br />
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In Socorro, this Gentle Giants are exceptionally friendly to scuba divers and they may even hovers stationery allowing divers to get super close-up with them.  They also enjoys swimming/hovering above scuba divers to allow the exhaled airs (bubbles) to &#039;rub&#039; their bellies.  It is believes this bubbles irritates the parasites on them and thus helping them to get rid of the parasites.<br />
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Previously, they were places under the genus Manta but recently reclassified to under the genus Mobula. Giant Oceanic Manta Ray,Manta Ray,Mexico,Mobula Ray,Mobula birostris,Oceanic Manta Ray,Socorro Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Gentle Giants

This Giant Oceanic Manta Ray are fondly called Gentle Giants as despite their size of up to 7 meters wing span, they are harmless to humans. They are filter feeders feeding on tiny planktons and although they are from the Sting Ray family, they no longer have the venomous barb unlike other smaller sized Sting Rays.

In Socorro, this Gentle Giants are exceptionally friendly to scuba divers and they may even hovers stationery allowing divers to get super close-up with them. They also enjoys swimming/hovering above scuba divers to allow the exhaled airs (bubbles) to 'rub' their bellies. It is believes this bubbles irritates the parasites on them and thus helping them to get rid of the parasites.

Previously, they were places under the genus Manta but recently reclassified to under the genus Mobula.

    comments (8)

  1. How beautiful!! Posted one month ago
  2. What a spectacular species and photo, may it live long! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy.
      I believe this one is of good age of easily 20 years or more, as most of the ones we saw are usually at least 5 meters wing span, they can grow up to 7 meters wing span. They are known to live up to 40 years and most of them have been documented (identified) for more than 10 years in this location.

      Fun-Fact : Giant Oceanic Manta Rays have the biggest brains of any fish studied so far.
      Posted one month ago
      1. That's an interesting fact indeed! Does it result in any particular behavior or interactions? Posted one month ago
  3. Great shot of this giant Albert. Posted one month ago
    1. Thank you, Paul :) Posted one month ago
  4. So beautiful. And it seems peaceful! Posted one month ago
    1. Thank you, englishindiangirl and yes indeed, that's why they are fondly known as gentle giants :D Posted one month ago

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The giant oceanic manta ray is a species of ray in the family Mobulidae, and the largest type of ray in the world. They are circumglobal and are typically found in tropical and subtropical waters, but can also be found in temperate waters.

Similar species: Stingrays And Eagle Rays
Species identified by Albert Kang
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Uploaded May 29, 2020. Captured Apr 14, 2019 22:43.
  • TG-5
  • f/2.8
  • 1/125s
  • ISO200
  • 4.5mm