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Contrary to popular belief, the manta ray is not its own species. Instead, manta rays are comprised of two species, the giant oceanic manta ray and the reef manta ray. They are very similar to one another, although the giant oceanic manta ray is about five feet longer than the reef manta ray.
Unfortunately, because of overfishing both species of manta ray are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Because of their low reproductive rate, manta rays are especially vulnerable to detrimental and volatile changes in their populations. Since groups of manta rays often live at great distances from one another, there is little hope that these separate groups will successfully intermingle and breed.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 10.7 L x 10.4 W x 2 H
- Size in inches: 4.21 L x 4.09 W x 0.79 H