6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays

Open season is here! I’m sure you are all excited to meet your favorite underwater creatures again. So, here is to warm you up while you are waiting to dive to your next big dive destination!


1. Burrito Pups

Every other year, manta rays pop out one or two little manta pups—and they are rolled up like little burritos.6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays


2. Distinct spots

Manta rays have unique spots and blotches under their bodies—helping researchers to count their real numbers.6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays


3. Big-brained

This is the reason why they display coordinated feeding! Mantas have the largest brain to body weight of all the 32,000 fish species known to date.6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays


4. Living blankets

Manta is a Spanish word for ‘blanket.’6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays


5. Stings

Originally, they evolved from the stingrays. And yes, in some mobula species, they still have a 'sting' located at the base of their tail.6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays


6. Skin-covered teeth!

What??? But, yes. They do have an approximately 300 rows of skin-covered teeth that are useless and nonfunctioning.6 Weird Facts About Manta Rays


 

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