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

Submitted by: Fancys_Asst 7 years ago Science

Because if it isn"t, we shudder to think how much bigger they can get.
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Male 20
dammit know my dream to make a clone 40 foot crocodile hunter is foiled again
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Male 703
id eat it
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Male 75
That muat be Steve Irwin`s grandfather
does that mean...
what size would its child be now?
are they SURE they killed it?
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Female 531
why would you kill it?!
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Male 189
"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?

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Male 162
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!!
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Male 661
"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...

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Male 189
"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?

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Male 39
How would you capture somthing that big?
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Male 741
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
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Female 55
Ooooooh dear... o.o
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Female 126
I ve seen bigger while swimming with shark whales in Xol-Box Mexico
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Male 1,108
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.
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Male 894
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.
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Male 189
"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?

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Male 864
Really? No one? Fine I`ll do it.

KAAAAHHHHHHHNNN!!!

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Male 1,718
Giant mantas are some of the most peaceful beautiful things on earth. Why you would want to kill one is beyond me.
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Male 690
Tragic. Killed for nothing.
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Male 2,220
"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.

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Male 189
"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?

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Male 189
"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?

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Male 3
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
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Male 73
"Take the gentlest sea creature"

Steve Irwin wouldnt agree ;)

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Male 326
Ah Foster`s. Australia for PBR
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Male 2,159
5000lbs? That`s roughly as much as a Range Rover!
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Male 11
"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.

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Female 5,222
awwwwwwwwwwwww scottserious thats sad T_T!!
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Male 8,302
> 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.

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Male 413
Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:48:56 PM
"imagine flying on one of those"

move over magic carpet, its magic manta ray

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Male 1,666
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.
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Male 815
OmgZelda...you made my drink come out of my nose
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Male 483
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
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Male 50
reminds me of the one on super mario 64
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Male 999
imagine flying on one of those
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Male 3,915
man nature you scary!
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Male 228
"THAT, my friends, is why I stick to Fosters!"

So, Is Foster`s really Australian for beer?

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Male 658
KAAAAAHHHHHNNNNN!!!!
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Female 1,593
GOTTA CATCH`EM ALL!
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Male 3
Damn you hoodafakizit you beat me to correcting them, now i have to find someone else to give an intellectual backhand to :(
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Male 353
@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).
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Female 1,306
Can I ride it and we can be best friends?
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Male 8,302
> 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!"

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Female 301
bluedot-agreed
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Female 3,562
Matt, they`d kill you too. Remember Steve Irwin?
But whatever, the photo is 80 years old, nobody cared back then.
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Male 300
I don`t know why, but the only thing that came to my mind was.....bat wings
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Male 4,793
"Swimming with mantas is cool. Catching and killing them is not."

i like you.

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Female 673
Is it just me or is anyone else seeing a big sized animal pattern on I-A-B today?
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Male 2,690
@ 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.
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Male 2,220
Swimming with mantas is cool. Catching and killing them is not.
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Male 3,619
that`s it, im burning my scuba gear =C
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Male 447
Captain A.L Kahn? Boy they don`t make names like they used to anymore.
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Male 5,314

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Female 1,190
me too marie-marie :(
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Female 87
im sad about the fact the baby was born and stuff :( and its mammy and him were deed
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Female 2,672

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

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Male 2,553
KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!
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Male 51
probably real... it takes about 5 seconds on the internets to realize that manta rays are indeed f`ing massive
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Male 350
@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 :)

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Male 25,416
Creepy! thats so cool how big it is!
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Male 671
LOL @ NOFX14 was thinking the same thing

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Male 730
Hey hampoofeg stop ruining the fun of belief.
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Female 854
Why do they have to kill it?
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Male 337
@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.

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Male 36,400
@sonikku: be afraid!


@SamVimes: Lmao!

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Male 46
There are mantas with wingspans of over 20 feet alive today. You can swim with them.
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Male 1,141
MANRAY!
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Male 610
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"
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Male 619
Also, I don`t trust a captain named

KHAN!


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Female 17
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.
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Female 17
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.
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Male 670
It`s funny how so many of you say "shopped," but you know there`s a real one just like that out there anyway.
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Male 792
I believe that would have been photoshop 0.000001, Coldindia? Not sure they had that back in 1933.

The photo looks altered, yes.

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Male 619
Fake. You can totally see the strings.
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Male 161
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.
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Female 3
Looks shopped
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Male 237
fake
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Female 855
lol @ TheGrag.
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Female 91
don`t jinx us, Sonikku. I WANNA LIVE D;
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Male 3,081
No it`s just that he`s the tiniest captain on record.
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Male 302
Too bad it isn`t a sting ray, then I could do a load of Steve Irwin jokes.
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Male 350
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)."
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Male 603
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

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Male 350
@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.

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Male 1,497
ill just say one thing:

KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHNNNNN!

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Male 17,512
My photo phakery senses are tingling.
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Male 1,149
That looks shopped.
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Male 36,400
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.
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Male 1,351
This could kick a kracken`s arse six times over.
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Male 199
mega shark VS giant octopus? you aint got nothin on this!
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Male 4,807
It was a mommy manta??
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Male 3,014
This is doctored. I can tell by the lighting and having seen quite a few doctored photos from the 1930s.
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Male 355
wow I would be scared poopless if one poped up while swimming
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Female 11
omg it looks like a spaceship :-O
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Female 1,780
Link: Is This The Biggest Manta Ray On Record? [Pic] [Rate Link] - Because if it isn`t, we shudder to think how much bigger they can get.
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