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 (73)

raven5699

raven5699, 7 months ago

@oveymcfly84

daytripper

daytripper, 7 months ago

@madhura2308

ricknuby

ricknuby, 7 months ago

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

alkistisprotopsalti

alkistisprotopsalti, 7 months ago

Excellent πŸ†β—οΈπŸ‘πŸΌ

chupacarrrla

chupacarrrla, 7 months ago

@daniyellie23 ❀️

carolinaerskine

carolinaerskine, 7 months 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, 7 months ago

Great picture

niccers56

niccers56, 6 months ago

@adlawd

claudiacarpentier

claudiacarpentier, 6 months ago

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

ederiksson

ederiksson, 6 months ago

@nils__eriksson

bahama8mama

bahama8mama, 6 months ago

Wow!!

kalouttravel

kalouttravel, 6 months ago

Nice ShotπŸ“·

su_heller

su_heller, 6 months ago

Thank's 😌

piahaugseth

piahaugseth, 5 months ago

I saw two diving at the maldives in desember! My greates dive moment! So precious! Great shot! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

_giulia.art

_giulia.art, 4 months ago

Wow... So magnificent... It makes me feel so small😍

el_avestruz_submarino

el_avestruz_submarino, 3 months ago

πŸ’™

zackieboi

zackieboi, 3 months ago

Unreal

jesusege

jesusege, 2 months ago

Cool

purwahhh

purwahhh, 2 months ago

Wowohhhh!!!!!!!!!