Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Cercopithecidae
   Scientific Name : Mandrillus Sphinx 

                       Size : 56 - 81cm (22 - 32in)
                  Weight : 11.5 - 30kg (25 - 60lbs) 
            Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
             Life Span : 20 - 28 years

                 Colour : Black, Brown, Grey, 
                                  White, Tan
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Brightly coloured snout 
                               and long, sharp teeth
  1. Manta Ray are the largest species of ray in the world.
  2. They grow to an average length of 6m-9m.
  3. They are a species of flattened fish which are closely related to sharks and other cartilaginous fish.
  4. They inhabit the warmer waters around the coral reefs and the continental shelves around the world’s oceans.
  5. They are also commonly found hunting in the open ocean, gracefully swimming and feeding themselves.
  6. They are also quite acrobatic, aided by their short tail, and are known to leap out of water.
  7. Interestingly, the Manta ray gets cleaned of parasites and dead tissues on its body as small fish swim over them.
  8. They forgo eating such small fish as they provide them with extraordinary service.
  9. Though large in size, the manta ray is known to have a docile nature.
  10. Their natural predators are the great white shark, the killer whales and the humans.
  11. They do not have teeth but have rows to tiny plates which help them filter feed on small crustaceans, fish and plankton.
  12. The female Manta ray lays two eggs which develop and hatch inside her body and then gives birth to pups within 6 weeks.
  13. The manta ray pups very quickly develop into adults.
  14. Due to increase in fishing and levels of water pollution the manta ray is a species that is nearly threatened from extinction.

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