Category Archives: Moby the Manta Ray

Ocean Animals and the Mirror Self Recognition Test

With recent news that the cleaner wrasse might have mirror self-recognition (MSR), I thought I’d write about the ocean animals that have MSR. Bottlenose dolphins and killer whales have MSR for certain. Possible mirror self-recognition ocean animals include manta rays … Continue reading

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My Manta Ray Encounter

This blog post won second place in the 2016 San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Contest for best blog entry! My Manta Ray Encounter From the back of the boat, I made a giant stride into the black nighttime water. Underwater, … Continue reading

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What it’s Like to SCUBA Dive: Part I

I have returned from a SCUBA diving trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am inspired to share the joy of diving with those that may never learn to dive. PADI, a leading SCUBA diving organization that certifies … Continue reading

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10 Amazing Facts About Manta Rays

1. There are two species of Manta Rays: The Coastal or Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi) and the Oceanic or Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris). 2. A Manta Ray’s spot pattern on its belly is as unique as a human … Continue reading

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What is CITES, and how does it affect sharks and rays worldwide?

March madness came early for ocean conservationists yesterday (9am March 11,2013 local time in Thailand) as the twitterverse was abuzz with the hashtags #CITES #CITES4sharks So what is CITES, and how does it affect sharks and rays worldwide? In short, … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray and the Mirror Self-Recognition Test

My earlier posts ended pretty grim because I wanted to share how manta rays are being overfished. But today I just want to share one really cool fact about us manta rays. Did you know that manta rays have the … Continue reading

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Why Manta Rays Are Becoming Endangered (Moby the Manta Ray Part 3)

It has been brought to my attention that even though I am a very fascinating animal, many humans do not understand why us manta rays need their help to gain protection worldwide. Here are the reasons why: 1. Manta rays … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray Part 2: How I Am Alike and Different From My Cousins the Sharks

Sharks, rays, and skates are part of a group of fish known as elasmobranchs. There are many ways in which I am the same as my cousins, the sharks and rays. All elasmobranchs do not have any bones. We are … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray: I Am Not a Devilfish! Part 1

Hello, my name is Moby and I am a manta ray (Manta birostris). Despite the unfortunate nickname humans have given me, “devilfish,” I am quite a gentle and graceful giant. My wingspan can be up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) … Continue reading

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