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Fun Facts About Giant Manta Rays

Manta Ray Snorkeling in Kona

Here’s some quick fun facts about Manta Rays from Oceana.

Sea Paradise Sailing and Snorkeling has two night manta ray experiences which are not to be missed!

1. Giant manta rays are the largest rays in the world with wingspans up to 29 feet (8.8 m) wide and weights up to 5,300 pounds (2,404 kg).

2. Manta rays are the only vertebrate animals with three paired appendages: two wing-like pectoral fins; two sets of gills; and two lobes that extend from the mouth and funnel in water.

3. Giant manta rays sometimes do somersaults (barrel rolls) while feeding to maximize their prey intake.

4. Giant manta rays can dive more than 3,280 feet (1,000 m) underwater, but typically feed only 33 feet (10 m) deep.

5. Giant manta rays give birth to one pup every 2 to 3 years. 6. Giant manta rays can live up to 40 years.1

7. Giant manta rays have the biggest brains of any fish studied so far.2 They use that brain power to learn, exercise their memory, distinguish between objects and even recognize themselves in the mirror.3


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