Manta ray

Manta ray

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Manta ray (Manta birostris, or alfredi) swimming above a coral garden. The manta is the largest of the rays, and it can reach around six metres from wingtip to wingtip. It inhabits tropical seas throughout the world, preferring coastal waters to the open sea. It feeds mainly on plankton and small fish, which it filters from the water as it swims. Photographed in the Rangiroa Atoll in the southern Pacific Ocean.

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Keywords: alfredi, animal, blue, cartilaginous fish, coral reef, garden, manta birostris, manta ray, marine, nature, ocean, sea, swimming, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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