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Oceanic Manta

Manta birostris


This handsome Oceanic Manta Ray - Manta birostris is a first observation to Manta Trust's database. I was asked to give a name to him - Prince Adora, in appreciation to the crews of the the Boat; MV Adora that I dive with on many trips to Maldives.


Similar to most large sized Marine Life, this Oceanic Manta Rays have other fishes like Remora and other fishes stuck/following it.

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AlbertKang 5 months ago

@Neil - the markings on the belly are used to identify different individuals and in this particular case, this is a first documentation of this individual in the database of Manta Base, hence they allowed me to give it a name :D

AlbertKang 5 months ago

Thanks, @Mark, @SukanyaDatta, @triggsturner and @Neil for your kind words and appreciation :)

DanielePralong 5 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Albert!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 months ago

Excellent marine spotting as always, Albert. Interesting marks on the tummy. Are they used to ID individual animals?

triggsturner 5 months ago

Brilliant angle Albert. Wonderful spotting.

SukanyaDatta 5 months ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 months ago

Magnificent !!

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Gnaviyani, Maldives

Lat: -0.30, Long: 73.42

Spotted on Mar 24, 2019
Submitted on Apr 9, 2019

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