May 11, 2012
“If manta rays are going to be harmless, they should look more harmless. Those 'guys' look like aquatic Draculas.” ~ Christopher Moore
I took a little "editorial license" with this quote to remove the "colorful" name used to describe the giant oceanic Manta Rays. But rest assured, I agree - they should "look" harmless, but they are absolutely scary looking.
And these two were GIGANTIC! Again, this shot was taken from the 9th floor balcony of our hotel room at the Atlantis Resort and through the water of the giant aquarium that you've seen in a few other shots from Atlantis. It's hard to tell the size of these guys in this shot (check it out in larger sizes), but I can tell you that if the woman who is standing on the bridge looking at them were to lay down on their back with her toes at one wingtip and stretch out to the other wingtip, she wouldn't streatch much past a third of their back span..
According to Wikipedia: Manta rays are circumglobal and are typically found in tropical and subtropical waters, although oceanic manta rays can be found in temperate waters. Manta rays have the largest brain-to-body ratio of the sharks, rays and skates (Elasmobranchii), with ratios approaching what is expected in mammals rather than in fishes.
I wasn't able to get out and get a 'stick' to participate in Kenneth's challenge today, but maybe you all could consider the Manta Ray's tails as a sort of 'stick' - (wink). I'll be enjoying your stick photos though!!!
Thank you all for all the wonderful and kind comments that you left for me on my Junkanoo dancer photo from yesterday.
Have a warm and happy Friday today my friends.
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