Thursday, June 23, 2016

Resident Oceanic Mantas - Paper!

Notice the distinctive chevron pattern on the back - source.

Who would have thought!

I for one believed them to be highly migratory.
Instead, it appears that the Giant Oceanic Mantas Manta birostris are much more resident = there are several distinct populations whose ranges do not overlap = it probably makes more sense to protect them locally and regionally rather than globally.
Paper here, synopsis here.

And here's a short video.

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