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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Synonyms for manta ray


devilfish, manta, sea devil

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the manta ray blended in beautifully with the sandy ocean floor

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According to Dauphin Island Sea Lab, manta rays are the largest ray species in the world and can reach up to 30 feet across and weight over 3,000 pounds. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Giant Manta Ray Stuns Onlookers off Alabama Coast," 12 July 2019 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab recently shared a photo by Robert Agren showing the manta ray off the coast of Orange Beach. Leada Gore |,, "Giant manta ray spotted off Alabama coast," 9 July 2019 Thankfully, a giant manta ray with hooks caught in her eye found one of these buddies out in the deep blue sea. Kelli Bender,, "Huge Manta Ray Asks Diver for Help Removing Painful Hooks Caught in Her Eye," 17 July 2019 Greg's Crittercam has enabled him to document life in the oceans and on land from the perspective of more than 80 species, including blue whales, black turtles, emperor penguins, and most recently, giant oceanic manta rays. National Geographic, "Alaska Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 While large manta rays may look intimidating, these animals are harmless to humans and are known for their intelligence. Kelli Bender,, "Huge Manta Ray Asks Diver for Help Removing Painful Hooks Caught in Her Eye," 17 July 2019 Despite their size — up to around 25 feet across — manta rays only eat plankton, shellfish and small fish. NBC News, "Manta ray rescued after seemingly approaching Australian snorkelers for help," 12 July 2019 The bars are on motors and can move up and down around the sphere, like the curve of a manta ray’s fin. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019 But more awesome are the manta rays, which are more than 18 feet wide. Peter Keough,, "Trouble in paradise, forgotten vets, remembering Tiananmen," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of manta ray

1951, in the meaning defined above

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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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