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Snorkeling with Manta Rays
April 16th, 2015
Big Island draws many visitors to Hawaii because of its blend of scenic beauty and adventure atmosphere. Warm white sand and clear blue water along miles and miles of coastline make Big Island snorkeling a top activity in the islands. The best snorkeling beaches can be found on the east and west side. But Kona has a special activity with picturesque blue water and white sand that make it postcard perfect. The activity is snorkeling with Manta rays.
Manta rays aren’t stingrays! Or are they? Although they do not have stingers, manta rays are technically a type of stingray; they have simply lost their stings through the process of evolution. Manta rays can be easily identified by their great size. The largest manta rays have a wing spans up to 25 feet and weigh as much as 3,000 pounds but manta rays are not vicious predators. They usually filter feed and have large padded lobes on either side of their heads to direct food into their mouths. Manta rays are incredibly graceful underwater, and can move quite quickly with seemingly effortless movements of their pectoral fins. Manta rays even breech occasionally, leaping from the water and back-flipping in the air.
Stingrays in Hawaii are commonly found in reef areas anywhere from 10 - 130 feet. Stingrays spend the majority of their time foraging for food. Spotting these magic-carpet looking marine animals can be tough because their color reflects the seafloor’s shading. This masks it from predatory sharks and larger rays. While the stingray’s eyes peer out from its dorsal side, its mouth, nostrils, and gill slits are situated on its underbelly. Therefore marine biologists claim that their eyes do not play a role in hunting. The stingray is equipped with electrical sensors just like sharks. Located around the stingray’s mouth, these organs sense the natural electrical charges of potential prey.
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