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Manta Rays, Eagle Rays & Mobulas – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 6

Manta Rays, Eagle Rays & Mobulas – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 6

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The video stars giant manta rays, Manta birostris, the world’s largest ray and an icon of diving in the Andaman Sea. Giant manta rays are graceful and intelligent fish. We encounter them at various sites including Koh Bon, north of the Similan Islands in Thailand, and Black Rock in the Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar).

The gill rakers of manta rays are used in a traditional Chinese medicine that is thought to detoxify the blood. Because of the rapid increase of this lucrative trade, giant manta rays have become endangered.

Before that we meet spotted eagle rays, Aetobatus narinari, at Black Rock, and a smaller devil ray, the smoothtail mobula, Mobula thurstoni, at Tower Rock in the more northern part of the Mergui Archipelago.

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