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Video: Possible New Manta Ray Species
By Joseph Tepper, April 24, 2018 @ 10:06 PM (EST)
Source: WPTV

What's the ultimate dream of a dedicated droner? How about discovering a new marine species. That’s what may have happened with drone footage captured by Our Children’s Earth Foundation photographer Ivy Yin, who may have confirmed a new species of manta.

Yin’s footage corroborates research by the Florida Manta Project, which has been trying to identify a possible third species of manta ray. There are currently two species: The reef manta (Manta alfredi) and the giant manta ray (Manta birostris). The potential third species differs in morphology and coloration.

“[The ones in Florida’s waters] have been juveniles or not mature which means this could be a nursery habitat,” Florida Manta Project’s Jessica Pate told WPTV of West Palm Beach.

Check out this local Florida news story for more information. 



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