Disc width: up to 7.1 m
Up to 1,350 kg
Unknown, population declining
Tropical and temperate waters of the atlantic, pacific and indian ocean
Behemoth of the deep. The giant manta ray is the largest ray on existence, so large that adults have no natural predators except the most fearsome of sharks. This huge ray prays on small zooplankton, diving as deep as 1,000 meters and migrating as far a 1,000 kilometers to reach the best feeding areas. Periodically, it visits shallow reefs and allows cleaner fish to remove parasite and aid in healing wounds. But there is nothing the giant ray can do to overcome its biggest threats: targeted fishing, bycatch and habitat degradation.