Adopted by: Mr. Joseph Rafferty.
ID Number: MA-MV-2005
Date First Sighted: 11th June 2011
Location of First Sighting: Bathalaa, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives.
Total Number of Sightings: 15
DESCRIPTION & HISTORY
During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 2.5 metres in width, from wing-tip to wing-tip. Based on the size of his claspers / the presence of mating scars on her left pectoral fin, we class this manta as a juvenile / sub-adult / sexually mature adult. In fact, this individual has been observed to be pregnant on at least one / two occasions.
He / she 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.