From now on, #WORLDMANTADAY will be celebrated every September 17! I have been enthralled with Manta Rays since I was a little girl watching them glide across the water in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. I remember being with my dad in our fifth floor hotel room, looking at them through binoculars and being amazed by their size and beauty. Of course, no one knew anything about them back in the 1960s and 70s, so we weren’t allowed in the water with them. Now, we know they are Gentle Giants.

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The Mantas in the Revillagigedo Islands are all Giant Mantas, or Manta Birostris. Their wing spans can grow up to 22 ft or more!

Mantas are endangered and it is up to us all to save them and other endangered species. Happy #WorldMANTADay!

This is a Melanistic Manta where the pigment is very dark except for the tummy.
Incredible encounter with a Manta Ray in Isla de la Plata, Ecuador
worldmantaday, #worldmantaday, world manta day, mantasThe Mantas in the Revillagigedos Archipelago love bubbles on their tummies!
The eyes of a manta and its guest, the remora.
Getting the bubble treatment!
worldmantaday, #worldmantaday, world manta day, mantasWe named this one Hermaphrodite (rhymes with Aphrodite) because of the rather interesting marking on this manta! LOL
I love photographing these giants.
Snorkeling in Komodo National Park, you can see the Manta is feeding, and filtering.
A manta mating train. Which will be the lucky male?
Taking another photo
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Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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