Adopted by: Ludek Bican
ID Number: MA-MV-4259
Date First Sighted: 30th July 2016.
Location of First Sighting: Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives.
Total Number of Sightings: 1
DESCRIPTION & HISTORY
During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 1.7 metres in width, from wing-tip to wing-tip. Based on the size of his claspers, we class this manta as a juvenile. In fact, because of his small size, we are confident this male is a "Young of the Year", meaning that he was likely born sometime in 2016.
He is already missing his tail, and his right pectoral fin has a bit of a ragged edge to it.