Adopted by: Thomas Schreiner
ID Number: MA-MV-4147
Date First Sighted: 7th October 2016.
Location of First Sighting: Kottefaru Beyru, Raa Atoll, Republic of Maldives.
Total Number of Sightings: 1
DESCRIPTION & HISTORY
During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 3.0 metres in width, from wing-tip to wing-tip. Based on the size of his claspers, which appear to be starting to grow, we class this manta as a sub-adult.
He has a short-medium length 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.