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The Big Manta Ray 

@Regrann from @queensland - Did you know that fully grown ocean manta rays grow up to 7 metres and weigh up to 2 tonnes? 😱 Don't worry, mantas are completely harmless to humans, though, with their preferred dining options being crustaceans, plankton and small fish. They are also common in Queensland with @ladyelliotislandecoresort being one of their favourite spots to hang out! #thisisqueensland by @jeremysomphoto #visitbundaberg

@Regrann from @iamjuliawheeler - Stop using plastic bags so we can have a future with these guys. Currently, there are 5.25 trillion plastic particles in the ocean @skinandbone_wetsuits @forrestinwonderland . 📷: @smartshot_christian.coulombe #banthebag #plasticwaste #australia #takethreeforthesea #dreambig #mantaray #bali #nyc #blue #fitness #freediving #freediver

@Regrann from @fathomlesslife - Photo and caption by @alexkydd 🤙🏽 check him out guys! Awesome gallery.
It's hard to put into words the joy of swimming with these gentle giants. This is Isobel the manta and Lea having a swim in the shallow waters of Ningaloo Reef @leadjenidi.
#ocean #manta #mantaray #animals #sea #wildlife #nature

@Regrann from @baligetaway - Found some mantas ! Are you guys with me ? 📸 : @micgoetze #baligetaway
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Travel, Enjoy & Respect !
Leave no TRASH, use refillable water bottles, travel globally spend locally, bring reusable shopping bags, conserve water and save energy, stop taking selfies with captive animal, respect the local culture !

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@Regrann from @karimiliya - Lucky encounter with a Manta Ray in Indonesia. This was not the biggest one, but still so graceful and beautiful. I'd taken off my scuba gear and was free from the bubbles and equipment when the boat man spotted this one. If found if you pursue mantas they'll disappear, but if you stay put, they'll sometimes even orbit you with their wings spread open and their belly towards you. @adelaarcruises and @akasha_kae

@Regrann from @mantatrust - Photo by Guy Stevens. Three juvenile golden trevalleys add the perfect splash of complementary colour to an ocean blue pallet in Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives.⠀

Manta rays are often spotted with some tiny companions hovering beneath them. These cheeky little fish ride the pressure waves in front of a manta’s head and use the cover of a gentle giants as protection whilst they are small and vulnerable. Once they grow large enough to survive by themselves, golden trevalleys leave the shelter of their big flappy friend to join shoals of adult trevalley.⠀

#mantaray #manta #mantatrust #fish #ocean #maldives #blue #underwaterphotography #photography #travel #colour

@Regrann from @sealife_differently - So majestic!!
#mantaray
It's been a couple of weeks since I have been in the salt water I am starting to dry out.

@Regrann from @mantatrust - Photo by Guy Stevens. A reef manta feeds over the lush, green seagrass beds of St Joseph Atoll, it's pectoral fin showing signs of injury from a predatory attack or boat propeller. Amirantes, Seychelles.⠀

The manta ray’s speed, coupled with their flattened shape, helps to protect against predators which find it hard to bite hold of the mantas in an area of the body which contains vital organs. However they aren't without predators as there are some marine species large enough to tackle them such as tiger sharks, bull sharks and orca. ⠀

Manta rays lucky enough to survive encounters with these formidable hunters are sometimes sustain nasty injuries, but they have incredible healing ability. Many individuals which have been observed with fresh wounds are sighted again months, or years, later having completely healed from their injuries. Flesh wounds which remove portions of the posterior section of the pectoral fins can also recover remarkably quickly, with large sections of missing flesh able to regenerate with scar tissue to fill back in the missing portion of wing over the years. However, severe bites which cut deep into the manta’s body, removing whole sections or ends of the pectoral fins, will never allow regeneration of cartilaginous tissue in these areas, leaving the mantas with major disfigurements.⠀

#mantaray #manta #seychelles #mantatrust #shark #tigershark #bullshark #orca #underwaterphotography #predators #oceans #seagrass #healing #travel #scuba #diving #photography

@Regrann from @sharkeducation - We knows it's #SharkWeek, but founder @biminisharkgirl swam with the beautiful Manta ray yesterday in Bimini. A DNA study found these are more closely related to Mobula rays so Manta birostris is now Mobula birostris.
#flatsharks #underwaterworld #savesharks #saveourseas #saveourocean #marinelife #ilovesharks #sharkweek #sharks4kids #marinescience #manta #mantaray #mobula #mobularay #sharkscience #elasmobranch #bimini #underwaterphotography

@Regrann from @oceana - A pair of manta rays appear to dance as the sun streams in above them. But mantas are more than a beautiful marine animal to observe, they are also incredibly smart. In a 2016 study, researchers found that mantas might also recognize themselves. Researchers observed the mantas swimming repetitively back and forth in front of a mirror for an unusually long time, while they examined body parts that they otherwise wouldn't see. 📷: OceanImpressions

@Regrann from @thetravelling_pig - 😎Be as free, beautiful and happy as this #mantaray. Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday ❤️
📸credit to: @alexkyddphoto thanks! ☝️ #instadive #instagram #uwphotography #diving #ocean #oceanphotography #nationalgeographic

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