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Date: 01/10/10 08:06 AM

94 Responses to Is This The Biggest Manta Ray On Record? [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of Fancys_Asst
    Fancys_Asst Female 18-29
    1780 posts
    January 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm
    Link: Is This The Biggest Manta Ray On Record? - Because if it isn`t, we shudder to think how much bigger they can get.
  2. Profile photo of sharkypink
    sharkypink Female 13-17
    11 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:11 am
    omg it looks like a spaceship :-O
  3. Profile photo of Doobiejs
    Doobiejs Male 30-39
    355 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:11 am
    wow I would be scared poopless if one poped up while swimming
  4. Profile photo of videogamer
    videogamer Male 18-29
    3016 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:12 am
    This is doctored. I can tell by the lighting and having seen quite a few doctored photos from the 1930s.
  5. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
    4812 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:13 am
    It was a mommy manta??
  6. Profile photo of PENtrap
    PENtrap Male 18-29
    199 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:15 am
    mega shark VS giant octopus? you aint got nothin on this!
  7. Profile photo of howlingwolf
    howlingwolf Male 18-29
    1351 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:20 am
    This could kick a kracken`s arse six times over.
  8. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 10, 2010 at 8:20 am
    Hummm, there`s no bending on the manta where the two steel cables are holding 5K? (look close by the guy`s hand, eh?)
    Yeah, faked.
  9. Profile photo of ImNoGod
    ImNoGod Male 18-29
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    January 10, 2010 at 8:23 am
    That looks shopped.
  10. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:23 am
    My photo phakery senses are tingling.
  11. Profile photo of TheGrag
    TheGrag Male 13-17
    1497 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:23 am
    ill just say one thing:

    KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHNNNNN!

  12. Profile photo of sonikku
    sonikku Male 18-29
    350 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:27 am
    @videogamer

    Doesn`t matter, because they grow this big really.

    Anyway, when this sh*t learns how to fly, we`re all dead. Sh*t, it`s scarier than the aliens from Independence Day.

  13. Profile photo of jayme21
    jayme21 Male 18-29
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    January 10, 2010 at 8:29 am
    What is the size of the largest Manta Ray ever found?

    "Records of giant Mantas are notoriously difficult to verify. The largest reported in the scientific literature measured 22 feet (6.7 metres) across and there is one report of an individual 30 feet (9.1 metres) across. But most Mantas encountered by people are about 12 feet (4 metres) across."
    http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/lh_manta_faq.htm

    Im going to with legit

  14. Profile photo of sonikku
    sonikku Male 18-29
    350 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:29 am
    WIKI says: "The manta ray (Manta birostris) is the largest species of the rays. The largest known specimen was more than 7.6 metres (25 ft) across, with a weight of about 2,300 kilograms (5,100 lb)."
  15. Profile photo of Molehouse
    Molehouse Male 13-17
    303 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:47 am
    Too bad it isn`t a sting ray, then I could do a load of Steve Irwin jokes.
  16. Profile photo of Listypoos
    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    January 10, 2010 at 8:52 am
    No it`s just that he`s the tiniest captain on record.
  17. Profile photo of Aceyblob
    Aceyblob Female 18-29
    91 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:54 am
    don`t jinx us, Sonikku. I WANNA LIVE D;
  18. Profile photo of fnkychkn
    fnkychkn Female 40-49
    855 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:58 am
    lol @ TheGrag.
  19. Profile photo of webcamwanker
    webcamwanker Male 18-29
    237 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:15 am
    fake
  20. Profile photo of coldindia
    coldindia Female 18-29
    3 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:16 am
    Looks shopped
  21. Profile photo of itellifyou
    itellifyou Male 18-29
    161 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:20 am
    I have little reason to believe that this pic is a hoax, hell, just recently they have pulled in a large great white shark nearly bitten in half by an even bigger GW. Things get rather large in the open ocean, especially things that we know so little about.
  22. Profile photo of SamVimes
    SamVimes Male 30-39
    619 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:39 am
    Fake. You can totally see the strings.
  23. Profile photo of Samsquanch
    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:40 am
    I believe that would have been photoshop 0.000001, Coldindia? Not sure they had that back in 1933.

    The photo looks altered, yes.

  24. Profile photo of Paul1582
    Paul1582 Male 13-17
    670 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:45 am
    It`s funny how so many of you say "shopped," but you know there`s a real one just like that out there anyway.
  25. Profile photo of MomentoMori
    MomentoMori Female 18-29
    17 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:56 am
    The photo is not fake for the following reasons:
    1. there would be a difference in the sepia tones between the manta ray and the background, and there is not.
  26. Profile photo of MomentoMori
    MomentoMori Female 18-29
    17 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:59 am
    2. the cracks that run through the photograph help to authenticate it`s age and the fact that the photo is not shopped due to the fact that they run both through the background and the manta ray.
    3. the type on the photograph crosses over the manta ray`s tail.
  27. Profile photo of SamVimes
    SamVimes Male 30-39
    619 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:05 am
    Also, I don`t trust a captain named

    KHAN!


  28. Profile photo of last_ninja
    last_ninja Male 18-29
    610 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:12 am
    i dont like things like this. i know it was like 80 years ago but it still irks me a little that people can look at a giant manta ray and say "that`s so cool! let`s go kill it"
  29. Profile photo of NOFX14
    NOFX14 Male 18-29
    1141 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:15 am
    MANRAY!
  30. Profile photo of JimmytheMed
    JimmytheMed Male 18-29
    46 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:15 am
    There are mantas with wingspans of over 20 feet alive today. You can swim with them.
  31. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    31766 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:21 am
    @sonikku: be afraid!


    @SamVimes: Lmao!

  32. Profile photo of hampoofegg
    hampoofegg Male 18-29
    337 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:23 am
    @MomentoMori

    You obviously don`t know that Photoshop works in layers and can change saturation and colours...

    So you could make the font over the tail, make those cracks across the photo and change the tone and saturation of the manta ray.

  33. Profile photo of CHICOMIMI
    CHICOMIMI Female 18-29
    854 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:01 am
    Why do they have to kill it?
  34. Profile photo of SebastianLam
    SebastianLam Male 13-17
    730 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:09 am
    Hey hampoofeg stop ruining the fun of belief.
  35. Profile photo of mischeif954
    mischeif954 Male 18-29
    616 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:15 am
    LOL @ NOFX14 was thinking the same thing

  36. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25407 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Creepy! thats so cool how big it is!
  37. Profile photo of sonikku
    sonikku Male 18-29
    350 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:24 am
    @5Cats

    OMG... WE DIDN`T LISTEN!!! </south park reference>

    Anyway, the manta`s belly also looks like a face with squint eyes , many eyebrows, pointy ears and freckles on his nose, licking the ground with his lizzard-like tongue :)

  38. Profile photo of imbored454
    imbored454 Male 18-29
    51 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:35 am
    probably real... it takes about 5 seconds on the internets to realize that manta rays are indeed f`ing massive
  39. Profile photo of GRadde
    GRadde Male 18-29
    2556 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 11:49 am
    KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!
  40. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
    2676 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    imbored454
    Male, 18-29, Midwest US
    22 Posts Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:35:06 AM
    probably real... it takes about 5 seconds on the internets to realize that manta rays are indeed f`ing massive

    well said, those things are freakin massive.......
    /me scared now

  41. Profile photo of marie-marie
    marie-marie Female 18-29
    87 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    im sad about the fact the baby was born and stuff :( and its mammy and him were deed
  42. Profile photo of TxP
    TxP Female 70 & Over
    1192 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    me too marie-marie :(
  43. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
    5316 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  44. Profile photo of tvremote
    tvremote Male 18-29
    447 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    Captain A.L Kahn? Boy they don`t make names like they used to anymore.
  45. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
    3622 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    that`s it, im burning my scuba gear =C
  46. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    Swimming with mantas is cool. Catching and killing them is not.
  47. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
    2690 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    @ ScottSerious: awwwwww, I don`t wanna be the one to say too early...and I guess I won`t considering it isn`t too bad.
  48. Profile photo of limphotdog
    limphotdog Female 18-29
    673 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    Is it just me or is anyone else seeing a big sized animal pattern on I-A-B today?
  49. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm
    "Swimming with mantas is cool. Catching and killing them is not."

    i like you.

  50. Profile photo of Bluedot34
    Bluedot34 Male 18-29
    300 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    I don`t know why, but the only thing that came to my mind was.....bat wings
  51. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    Matt, they`d kill you too. Remember Steve Irwin?
    But whatever, the photo is 80 years old, nobody cared back then.
  52. Profile photo of Stodogs
    Stodogs Female 13-17
    301 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    bluedot-agreed
  53. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    > RyanHake
    > @ ScottSerious: awwwwww, I don`t wanna be the one to say `too early`

    Don`t bother, us Aussies don`t have brooms up our as*es like some nations do, we were cracking Steve Irwin and Stingray jokes at his funeral. If an Aussie watched his drunk mate get into his car, reverse into traffic and get killed in a high-speed impact, the polite response would be something like "Sh*t, I told him that Crown Lager was no good for ya. THAT, my friends, is why I stick to Fosters!"

  54. Profile photo of emzrok
    emzrok Female 13-17
    1306 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    Can I ride it and we can be best friends?
  55. Profile photo of hoodafakizit
    hoodafakizit Male 40-49
    353 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm
    @SarahofBorg: The Photo is of a Manta, Steve Irwin was killed by a Stingray. Stingrays have a long poisonous barb on the tail (which is what killed Steve when he startled one).
  56. Profile photo of TinyT
    TinyT Male 18-29
    3 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    Damn you hoodafakizit you beat me to correcting them, now i have to find someone else to give an intellectual backhand to :(
  57. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
    1593 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    GOTTA CATCH`EM ALL!
  58. Profile photo of Quik2TheStab
    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
    661 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm
    KAAAAAHHHHHNNNNN!!!!
  59. Profile photo of Keegan31
    Keegan31 Male 18-29
    228 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    "THAT, my friends, is why I stick to Fosters!"

    So, Is Foster`s really Australian for beer?

  60. Profile photo of idiotfilter
    idiotfilter Male 18-29
    3916 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    man nature you scary!
  61. Profile photo of unbanned
    unbanned Male 13-17
    999 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    imagine flying on one of those
  62. Profile photo of georgeftw6
    georgeftw6 Male 18-29
    50 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    reminds me of the one on super mario 64
  63. Profile photo of TwoEyezBlind
    TwoEyezBlind Male 18-29
    483 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    Take the gentlest sea creature and suffocate it to death by taking it out of water. That`s like taking rabbits and putting little cement boots on them and tossing em into a swimming pool
  64. Profile photo of TheGax
    TheGax Male 18-29
    815 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm
    OmgZelda...you made my drink come out of my nose
  65. Profile photo of vitaliy
    vitaliy Male 18-29
    1669 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm
    I swam with one once in Mexico one time, it was basically right next to the shore. It was around 8 feet long, and it was amazing.
  66. Profile photo of toans
    toans Male 13-17
    413 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm
    Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:48:56 PM
    "imagine flying on one of those"

    move over magic carpet, its magic manta ray

  67. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    > Keegan31
    > Is Foster`s really Australian for beer?

    No, that stuff is cat`s wee watered down with English beer and produced for overseas people who think Aussies drink it. I`ve never actually met ANYONE who drinks Fosters, because, well, bluntly but fairly, its crap. Most Aussies REALLY drink VB (Victoria Bitter) or Tooheys, but if I mentioned them in the joke you wouldn`t have known what I was talking about.

  68. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
    5224 posts
    January 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm
    awwwwwwwwwwwww scottserious thats sad T_T!!
  69. Profile photo of Mx24
    Mx24 Male 18-29
    11 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 1:03 am
    "Take the gentlest sea creature and suffocate it to death by taking it out of water. That`s like taking rabbits and putting little cement boots on them and tossing em into a swimming pool"

    You boil a lobster live, and you`re a chef; you boil a kitten live, and suddenly it`s a big deal.

  70. Profile photo of Mikeado
    Mikeado Male 18-29
    2160 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 1:12 am
    5000lbs? That`s roughly as much as a Range Rover!
  71. Profile photo of Calderis
    Calderis Male 18-29
    326 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 2:42 am
    Ah Foster`s. Australia for PBR
  72. Profile photo of Davilyan
    Davilyan Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2010 at 4:20 am
    "Take the gentlest sea creature"

    Steve Irwin wouldnt agree ;)

  73. Profile photo of TinyT
    TinyT Male 18-29
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    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 am
    Davilyan....Steve Irwin would agree.....first of all because it wasnt a manta ray that killed him, second of all because he would still love the sting ray anyway cos it was just doing what it does when startled
  74. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
    190 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 7:23 am
    "You boil a lobster live, and you`re a chef; you boil a kitten live, and suddenly it`s a big deal."

    I agree with your point. Like feeding mice and baby bunnies to snakes; what happens if you feed a puppy or a kitten to a snake?

  75. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
    190 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 8:48 am
    "You boil a lobster live, and you`re a chef; you boil a kitten live, and suddenly it`s a big deal."

    I agree with your point. Like feeding mice and baby bunnies to snakes; what happens if you feed a puppy or a kitten to a snake?

  76. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 9:39 am
    "Matt, they`d kill you too. Remember Steve Irwin? "

    As numerous peeps have pointed out, twas a stingray (and a massive dose of bad luck) that did for Mr Irwin.

    I`ve swum with mantas (almost head butted one `cos I miscalculated the distance down), stingrays, various shark species, sea lions and a small whale. The only thing that ever bit me was a cleaner wrasse.. repeatedly.. in the middle of a mask clearance - little bastard.

  77. Profile photo of revdrdark
    revdrdark Male 40-49
    691 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 9:42 am
    Tragic. Killed for nothing.
  78. Profile photo of Frogtango
    Frogtango Male 13-17
    1720 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 10:19 am
    Giant mantas are some of the most peaceful beautiful things on earth. Why you would want to kill one is beyond me.
  79. Profile photo of Nebbie
    Nebbie Male 18-29
    864 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 11:09 am
    Really? No one? Fine I`ll do it.

    KAAAAHHHHHHHNNN!!!

  80. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
    190 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 11:14 am
    "You boil a lobster live, and you`re a chef; you boil a kitten live, and suddenly it`s a big deal."

    I agree with your point. Like feeding mice and baby bunnies to snakes; what happens if you feed a puppy or a kitten to a snake?

  81. Profile photo of sourkrauter
    sourkrauter Male 18-29
    895 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    if you feed a cat or a puppy to a snake they just poop out more calcium. no big deal, no evidence, no proof of foul play.
  82. Profile photo of Handsompod
    Handsompod Male 30-39
    1109 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    Lionheart2, Fosters is a great beer if you drink it in India. They brew it to 5% instead of the piss we get in the UK.
  83. Profile photo of sherrychick
    sherrychick Female 18-29
    126 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm
    I ve seen bigger while swimming with shark whales in Xol-Box Mexico
  84. Profile photo of Suki_Meian
    Suki_Meian Female 18-29
    55 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    Ooooooh dear... o.o
  85. Profile photo of Brian 61316
    Brian 61316 Male 18-29
    741 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    Its says the biggest recorded was 25feet wide and it weighed 5100lb and thats RECORED, thus there must be bigger. I`m never swimming again, lets fear for our lives I-A-B. FEAR
  86. Profile photo of Bobness
    Bobness Male 13-17
    39 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    How would you capture somthing that big?
  87. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
    190 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm
    "You boil a lobster live, and you`re a chef; you boil a kitten live, and suddenly it`s a big deal."

    I agree with your point. Like feeding mice and baby bunnies to snakes; what happens if you feed a puppy or a kitten to a snake?

  88. Profile photo of Kalimata
    Kalimata Male 30-39
    661 posts
    January 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm
    "How would you capture something that big?"

    I ask why would you capture something that big? An animal that special and majestic, I`d rather leave it to live on in it`s splendor than to let it rot after a picture was taken.

    *sniff *sniff, I`m so upset, imma go hug a tree... Come here you big pine...

  89. Profile photo of RedAftrshock
    RedAftrshock Male 18-29
    162 posts
    January 12, 2010 at 4:17 am
    um, firstly woah, secondly how did they catch it? I agree with Kalimata, why did they catch it? and the baby ray! It was born straight after being captured so they killed and kept that one too! with its mother/father genes it coulda been of an equal size as well surely!!
  90. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
    190 posts
    January 12, 2010 at 7:48 am
    "You boil a lobster live, and you`re a chef; you boil a kitten live, and suddenly it`s a big deal."

    I agree with your point. Like feeding mice and baby bunnies to snakes; what happens if you feed a puppy or a kitten to a snake?

  91. Profile photo of DrKitty
    DrKitty Female 13-17
    532 posts
    January 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    why would you kill it?!
  92. Profile photo of seedofdevil
    seedofdevil Male 13-17
    75 posts
    January 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm
    That muat be Steve Irwin`s grandfather
    does that mean...
    what size would its child be now?
    are they SURE they killed it?
  93. Profile photo of Samsonite219
    Samsonite219 Male 18-29
    703 posts
    January 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    id eat it
  94. Profile photo of linkrock5
    linkrock5 Male 13-17
    20 posts
    January 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    dammit know my dream to make a clone 40 foot crocodile hunter is foiled again

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