July 16, 2010

Manta Ray, Maldives

Photograph by Michel Braunstein, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animals

Each year lunar tides and Indian Ocean monsoon currents combine to drive plankton and tropical krill into confined bays around the islands of the Maldives. These protein-packed waters invite large concentrations of manta rays to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Despite their large size, with wingspans stretching up to 12 feet (3.6 meters), as many as 200 mantas may pack a football field-sized bay during these feeding frenzies.

(This photo was submitted to My Shot.)


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