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Manta rays (Manta birostris) are the largest rays and are closely related to sharks. These harmless fish have a short tail, a flat body, and no stinging spine. Rays have no bones, only cartilage.

These huge ray rays are over 22 feet (6.7 m) wide and up to 3,000 pounds (1350 kg).

Mantas are very acrobatic; they can even leap from the water. Remoras (another type of fish) are frequently seen with mantas, staying near the manta's mouth (even going inside the gill cavities). The remoras probably feed on parasites on the manta's body and eat bits of the manta's food.

Mantas are dark brown to black on top with paler edges; they are mostly white underneath.



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