Watch My Manta

A partnership between Manta Trust & Carl F. Bucherer

Morbius Altaira

Adopted by: Alan Hanson

ID Number: MA-MV-4353

Gender: Female

Date First Sighted: 30th April 2017.

Location of First Sighting: Hithadhoo Corner, Laamu 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. Whilst we weren't able to accurately assess her maturity during our first encounter, based on her size it's reasonable to class her as a sub-adult / adult - we'll have to keep an eye out for any sign of mating scars when next we see her! 

She has a long tail, and some unusual injuries on both her pectoral fins. It's not yet clear what might have caused these injuries, as they are quite different in appearance to the typical wounds caused by shark bites or fishing line entanglement.

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

 Sighted 22nd May 2017.

Sighted 22nd May 2017.

 Sighted 22nd May 2017.

Sighted 22nd May 2017.