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Oceanic Black Manta

Manta birostris

Description:

Oceanic/Pelagic Manta Rays - Manta birostris are the biggest ray, growing up to 7 meters in wingspan and weighs up to 3,000 kg! Manta birostris can come in 2 forms i.e 1) Chevron Manta which is the more common colour form, which has mostly white belly with black spots/markings and 2) Black/Melanistic Manta which is all black on its back and black on the belly with white spots/markings. Both Oceanic and Reef Manta Rays can be identified individually from the markings on their belly, which is like the finger prints for humans. This particular Oceanic Black Manta seen during a recent dive trip to the Fuvahmulah atolls of Maldives is newly documented by the Manta Trust of Maldives when I submitted the picture to them.

Notes:

Being the first observation of this Black Manta in the database of Manta Trust, I was asked to give it a name, which I named it after myself - Keatsoon :D


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3 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a month ago

Thanks, @Neil and @Daniele :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a month ago

Stunning! Congratulations on the record and naming Albert!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

An incredible spotting, Albert. Congratulations on being the first to observe this beautiful animal, and for the naming rights too.

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Gnaviyani, Maldives

Lat: -0.30, Long: 73.42

Spotted on Mar 24, 2019
Submitted on Apr 18, 2019

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