The Great Barrier Reef Foundation on the majestic manta ray. Join us on one of our manta ray tours to view these huge and graceful sea creatures up close and witness their grace and intelligence in a safe environment.
With the largest brain to body ratio of any living fish, these gentle giants are under threat.
Large, flat and oddly shaped, these fish are named for their unique appearance, ‘Manta’ meaning blanket or cloak in Spanish.
Sporting famously long pectoral fins, these iconic creatures can be spotted in numerous regions of the Great Barrier Reef.
Habitat and Diet
The mealtime mantra ‘Don’t play with your food’ does not apply to manta rays. Feeding on krill and zooplankton, they are often seen forming long chains and swimming in circles to create a spiral effect, catching food in their wake. Chain feeding is one of the rarer sights on the Reef, captured below on Lady Elliot Island.
Along with dolphins, primates, and elephants, Manta Rays have demonstrated high levels of intelligence and long term memory, able to map their environment using sight and smell. Here are some more curious facts about these Reef locals.