Watch My Manta

A partnership between Manta Trust & Carl F. Bucherer

Christophe

Adopted by: Caspar Klees

ID Number: MA-MV-4281

Gender: Male

Date First Sighted: 22nd February 2017.

Location of First Sighting: Sola Corner, Raa Atoll, Republic of Maldives.

Total Number of Sightings: 1

 

DESCRIPTION & HISTORY

During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 2.8 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 a split right pectoral fin. The fin has bee split, and subsequently healed into two halves. This unfortunate injury, almost certainly caused by a collision with a boat propeller, doesn't seem to stop him swimming and feeding normally.

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

 Sighted 22nd February 2017.

Sighted 22nd February 2017.

 Sighted 22nd February 2017. Here you can clearly see this manta's split pectoral fin. 

Sighted 22nd February 2017. Here you can clearly see this manta's split pectoral fin.