mattiasklumofficial A manta ray glides over me and my camera in Indonesia's Raja Ampat. Mantas are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim. Mantas do visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites like in this short film. The largest mantas can reach 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and at least 7 m (23 ft) in "wingspan". In 2014, Indonesia brought in a fishing and export ban as it realized that manta ray tourism is more economically beneficial than allowing the fish to be killed. A dead manta is worth $50 to $600 while manta ray tourism can bring in $1 million during the life of a single manta ray. Indonesia has 2.2 million square miles of ocean and this is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays. Mantas have one of the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all fish and if approached with care and respect they can be curious and spend a long time with you.
The coral reefs of Raja Ampat are some of the richest marine habitats on Earth. Let's protect Raja Ampat and other fragile marine- and terrestrial ecosystems on this vulnerable and magical planet! Shot on assignment with @ansgarklumphotos & @naturebyeinar #thecoraleden #mantaray #rajaampat #indonesia #marine #ecosystem #protectbiodiversiry #paradise #divers #instagood #photooftheday #mattiasklum #wwf #iucn #conservation @natgeo @alexandrovklumofficial  @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov

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A manta ray glides over me and my camera in Indonesia's Raja Ampat. Mantas are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim. Mantas do visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites like in this short film. The largest mantas can reach 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and at least 7 m (23 ft) in "wingspan". In 2014, Indonesia brought in a fishing and export ban as it realized that manta ray tourism is more economically beneficial than allowing the fish to be killed. A dead manta is worth $50 to $600 while manta ray tourism can bring in $1 million during the life of a single manta ray. Indonesia has 2.2 million square miles of ocean and this is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays. Mantas have one of the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all fish and if approached with care and respect they can be curious and spend a long time with you. The coral reefs of Raja Ampat are some of the richest marine habitats on Earth. Let's protect Raja Ampat and other fragile marine- and terrestrial ecosystems on this vulnerable and magical planet! Shot on assignment with @ansgarklumphotos & @naturebyeinar #thecoraleden #mantaray #rajaampat #indonesia #marine #ecosystem #protectbiodiversiry #paradise #divers #instagood #photooftheday #mattiasklum #wwf #iucn #conservation @natgeo @alexandrovklumofficial @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov

Comments (64)

conny_lundstrom

conny_lundstrom, 26 days ago

Great capture!

cccb3590

cccb3590, 26 days ago

Very interesting facts!

sh3rlock4

sh3rlock4, 26 days ago

Amazing creatures!

klaassyklaassen

klaassyklaassen, 26 days ago

@kari_morck for your love of rays

reefreliefcharters

reefreliefcharters, 26 days ago

This looks awesome! Love the manta rays

amsterdamwalujo

amsterdamwalujo, 26 days ago

@ratyning Wah so nice ya 🀩

dominicfrancisdone

dominicfrancisdone, 26 days ago

Incredible perspective

katerina.thornburgh

katerina.thornburgh, 25 days ago

wow

raven5699

raven5699, 24 days ago

@oveymcfly84

daytripper

daytripper, 24 days ago

@madhura2308

ricknuby

ricknuby, 23 days ago

@onkar_s bro their wingspans can get as long as a two story house is tall 😳

alkistisprotopsalti

alkistisprotopsalti, 23 days ago

Excellent πŸ†β—οΈπŸ‘πŸΌ

chupacarrrla

chupacarrrla, 20 days ago

@daniyellie23 ❀️

carolinaerskine

carolinaerskine, 19 days ago

Having one or two go by you while diving has been one of my favorite experiences ever!!! #kona Amazing Shot!!!!! Love ❀️ these gentle giants!

alvinaawldr

alvinaawldr, 18 days ago

Great picture

niccers56

niccers56, 13 days ago

@adlawd

claudiacarpentier

claudiacarpentier, 10 days ago

Stunning picture! I hope one day I can swim with one manta ray πŸ’™

ederiksson

ederiksson, 8 days ago

@nils__eriksson