Manta Rays are the largest species of rays. Growing seven meters from tip to tip and weighing 3,600 pounds these giants are still quite a mystery to scientists because they are very elusive. They can live in all the temperate waters of the world and will migrate in large numbers. They are in the shark family and like sharks, these gentle giants have Remoras hitching a ride alongside too.
Feeding can be tough for these secretive animals. They will only feed near the shore and they must wait for high tide or else they might risk getting beached. Another challenge is that they are usually accompanied by sharks making for competition. Sometimes they arrive at tropical fish breeding sites to feed. Manta Rays feed on fish eggs, small crabs, small fish, squid, and plankton.
In conclusion, manta rays are a beautiful and mysterious wonder to this world.
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