Manta Rays

Manta rays are large eagle rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7m in width while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m. Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are classified among the sharks and rays, and are placed in the eagle ray family, Myliobatidae.

Manta Rays News

  • Manta Ray, Fish In Constant Motion

    Manta Ray, Fish In Constant Motion

    During a recent jungle hunt, as part of our "Matanglawin Adventures" segment, we assigned Pinoy rock band Spongecola the mission to search for the smallest bat in the Philippines, the Lit-lit, in Zambales.

    The boys were accompanied by Mang Louie, an Aeta instructor from Jungle Environmental Survival Training (JEST). Mang Louie has been a JEST instructor for 30 years now and is the godson of the founder of JEST, Eking Bulatao.

    After a simple meal in the forest, the group looked for Lit-Lit. They found two bats inside a bamboo. It was so small that it took them a while to actually spot one ...

  • What Do Mantas Eat? Our New Paper Reveals An Insight Into The Food Habits Mobulid Rays

    What Do Mantas Eat? Our New Paper Reveals An Insight Into The Food Habits Mobulid Rays

    We are delighted to announce a second publication this week: Trophic overlap in mobulid rays: insights from stable isotope analysis.

    Manta and devil rays are a group of closely related filter-feeders, which are threatened globally by bycatch and targeted fisheries. Their habitat use and feeding ecology are not well studied, and most efforts have focused on temporally limited stomach content analysis (See our last paper) or conclusions from tagging data.

    You are what you eat, and this is what the team investigates in this paper. By studying samples taken from individual rays' muscles the ...

  • BRUV Love LAMAVE Encounter A Manta Ray

    A reef manta encountered by our LAMAVE BRUVS team during one of their surveys in the Philippines. The work the team is doing is contributing a world wide survey of sharks and rays coordinated by Global Fin Print.

  • Dive In Paradise

    Movie of our holidays in the coral triangle, January 2016.
    Big schools of manta, schools of big fishes, sharks, and nice peoples!

  • Tubbataha Day 3

    This video is about Tubbataha Day 3.

  • Turtle Power

    Turtle Power

    Our first dive in the Philippines was turning out to be a very expensive one. The two "must do" dive site in the Philippines are Malapascua island and Apo Island. Malapascua is famous for seeing large sea life such as the Whale Shark and Mantra Ray, where as Apo is the Turtle Capital. Honestly we wanted to go to Malapascua but the logistics of getting up there seemed very difficult with everything else we wanted to do, little did I know getting around on Cebu was so fast and easy, we could have done it. Anyway, we are here now staring at Apo island as we board our empty dive boat from the dock ...