Adopt a manta and receive
- A bio of your adopted manta ray.
- A Fact File – learn about the biology and ecology of manta rays.
- A personalised Adoption Certificate.
- A digital poster of your adopted manta – ideal for desktop / smart phone backgrounds, or to print out to hang on the wall.
- A Kids Activity Pack – containing several games and activities. Includes a crossword, spot the difference, ID the manta, and more!
- A personalised message card – write a short message in an e-card if the adoption is a gift.
Manta rays are extremely beautiful and mysterious creatures. They can reach up to seven metres in width and weigh up to two tonnes. However, despite their size, mantas are very gentle.
There are at least two distinct species of manta ray; the giant oceanic manta, and the reef manta. Researchers are currently debating the existence of a third species found exclusively in the Mexican Caribbean.
Devil rays are the manta’s smaller and more elusive relatives. They are generally very shy around divers, making it hard to observe and study their behaviour in the wild.
udopt it because
- Manta rays are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List.
- Mobulid rays are under threat due to their use in Asian Medicine. The Manta Trust works with NGO’s to bring about legislation to protect mobulids from the Asian medicinal trade. An important aspect of the work Manta Trust does is to provide the tools and training governments need to apply the legislation.
- Mantas and devil rays are killed in their thousands, as victims of bycatch. Destructive fishing techniques unintentionally catch and kill vast numbers of some of our ocean’s most endangered species.
- Adopting a manta through the Manta Trust makes for a great gift. The digital adoption pack provides the opportunity to learn about these beautiful fish, whilst supporting Manta Trusts global efforts to research and protect them.
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Did you know?
- Manta and devil rays are close relatives of all sharks and rays, and they range throughout the tropical and sub-tropical oceans of the world.
- They can never stop moving, as they must keep water flowing over their gills to respire.
- Manta rays have the largest brain of all fish.
- Fossils of manta and devil rays indicate they existed as far back as 28 million years ago. They evolved from bottom dwelling rays and adapted to life higher up in the water.
- Manta rays take around 10 years to reach sexual maturity, and are slow to reproduce. They tend to give birth to a single pup every two to five years following a nine to twelve month pregnancy.
- It is thought that manta rays can live up to 50 years in the wild.