Video: Lisa Ralndale @lisarandale via Manta Trust @mantatrust
An enchanting encounter with short-fin pygmy devil rays on Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives.⠀
Forget flash mobs... flash mobulas are where it's at! Some great news this week from Lisa, one of our Project Managers in the Maldives, that mobula ray sightings are booming at the moment on Lhaviyani Atoll.⠀
Many mobula rays are very shy in nature, but short-fin pygmy devil rays seem to be quite inquisitive, choosing to venture close at times to take a closer look at divers. These little mini-mantas reach a maximum of just over one meter in width and filter feed on plankton and small fish. Mobula rays have an extremely low reproduction rate, giving birth to a single pup at a time every two to three years; their gestation period is about a year. This of course leaves them vulnerable to exploitation as they simply cannot reproduce fast enough to keep up with commercial fishing.⠀
If you have any pictures or videos of mobula rays in the Maldives, and you know the date and location in which they were taken please do send them in to us as they could help with ongoing research on sighting numbers and locations.
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