manta ray


Definition of manta ray

: devil ray especially : a ray (Manta birostris) that averages 22 feet (6.7 meters) in width with a weight reaching 3000 pounds (1361 kilograms)

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the manta ray blended in beautifully with the sandy ocean floor
Recent Examples on the Web Or, another example is controlling a manta ray through twisting waterways by tilting your Joy-Con left and right. Washington Post, "The greatness of ‘Super Mario Galaxy’ is undermined by poor controls on Switch," 23 Sep. 2020 Kokomo Private Island is offering virtual guests the unprecedented chance to adopt a manta ray through the Manta Trust. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Fiji Wants to Help You Celebrate Earth Day by Adopting a Shark, Learning about Turtles, and Becoming a 'Marine Biologist'," 22 Apr. 2020 Many visit the Raja Ampat Islands, one of the most biodiverse places in the world, to dive the colorful depths, hoping to spot sharks, manta rays, and seemingly infinite schools of fish. Stephanie Wu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Yacht Lets Divers Explore Raja Ampat in Style," 27 Mar. 2020 Seeing a giant Seychelles tortoise and a juvenile manta ray in their natural environment was awe-inspiring. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, "Filmmaker Jack Reynor Takes Us Underwater During a Conservation Trip in Seychelles," 15 Apr. 2020 Clouseau was concealed by seven other male manta rays, all flashing more typical white undersides. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia’s Lady Elliot Island," 13 Feb. 2020 My aim is to see the whale sharks and manta rays of the Maldives—one of our Best Trips for 2020. National Geographic, "What are your New Year's travel resolutions?," 31 Dec. 2019 At their gargantuan sizes, manta rays have only the most plus-sized of predators to fear, and many survive decades in the wild. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia’s Lady Elliot Island," 13 Feb. 2020 The group was watching whales and following fish and a manta ray, Maui police spokeswoman Lt. USA TODAY, "Lobster blood, Washington’s teeth, Hawaii shark hero: News from around our 50 states," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of manta ray

1951, in the meaning defined above

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1 Oct 2020

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“Manta ray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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manta ray

man·​ta ray | \ ˈman-tə- \

Kids Definition of manta ray

: a very large ray of warm seas that has fins that resemble wings

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