Watch My Manta

A partnership between Manta Trust & Carl F. Bucherer

MANTA MV-MA-4173

Adopted by: Anonymous

ID Number: MA-MV-4173

Gender: Male

Date First Sighted: 8th October 2016.

Location of First Sighting: Kottefaru Thila, Raa Atoll, Republic of Maldives.

Total Number of Sightings: 1

 

DESCRIPTION & HISTORY

During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 2.7 metres in width, from wing-tip to wing-tip. Based on the size of his claspers, we class this manta as a sexually mature adult. 

He has a long tail, and appears to have had the tip of his left pectoral fin chopped off - possibly from a prolonged fish line entanglement, or more likely a collision with a boat propeller. 

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

 Sighted 8th October 2016. Here you can see the tip of his left pectoral fin has been chopped off.

Sighted 8th October 2016. Here you can see the tip of his left pectoral fin has been chopped off.

 Sighted 8th October 2016.

Sighted 8th October 2016.