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The Flying Mantas

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, July 5, 2015/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, marine life

With a wing span up to 20 feet wide, it isn't too surprising that giant manta rays might sometimes take flight. Their  aerobatic displays may be a mating ritual to show who can fly the farthest or it may be just for fun. Who knows?

A National Geographic diving team captured the rare sight of a huge manta congregation in the Sea of Cortez off of Baja California for a TV travel segment:



The massive but gentile creatures are killed by illegal fishing to supply demand for their gills in China and elsewhere in Asia. Marine diving organizations and individual divers can help with conservation of the threatened  rays wherever they are found. The opportunity to view a display of manta flying skills should be encouragement enough to want to see them protected.

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