Adopted by: Richard Anderson
ID Number: MA-MV-3966
Date First Sighted: 27th December 2015.
Location of First Sighting: Aquarium Mulidhoo, Haa Alifu Atoll, Republic of Maldives.
Total Number of Sightings: 1
DESCRIPTION & HISTORY
During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 3.5 metres in width, from wing-tip to wing-tip. Based on her size, we class this manta as an adult. However during our encounter we were unable to confirm whether she has any mating scars on her left pectoral fin. Whilst she is likely to be sexually mature, we cannot be 100% sure that she has mated yet.
She has a short tail, and no visible wounds, scars or unusual injuries.
When we encountered this manta, we were able to collect a small sample of their skin, called a biopsy, which we are using for various genetic and dietary studies.