A giant oceanic manta ray (Manta Birostris) next to a diver. The species is the largest in its family, and can grow up to 7.6 m across, weighing up to 2,400 kgs. Giant manta rays have the highest brain-to-body ratio from all rays and sharks, approaching what is expected in mammals, rather than fishes.
it’s christmas eve and i know what you are all thinking… “i still cannot believe that giant oceanic manta rays can have potential wingspans of 30 feet and weigh up to 3,000 pounds. i just can’t get over it. giant manta rays are huge.”
Jamanta by joaoponces Garajau, Madeira Island, Portugal
Jamanta, or Giant Oceanic Manta Ray (Manta birostris) are unique, almost mythical Animals. they can reach up to 9m in wing span, and unlike the warmer waters one, much more common (an easier to photograph) they generally travel alone.
Since the first times I came to dive in Madeira, in 1987, just after my scuba course, I heard stories of these Mantas coming to a particular spot in this Island, the Garajau Bay.
I dived here hundreds of times, made several Films for Tv and Commercials, and nothing.
Until 2010, in what were to be my last dives, unexpectedly, at the end of the dive, almost no air left, she showed up! I was with a fellow video cameraman, and she just did not leave us!
That same day, more them 50 divers were trying to see her (and photograph, for sure).
But this outstanding Jamanta chose us, and I believe no other dives saw her…
I was one of the most blessed moments of my life!
In my opinion Sousuke’s spirt animal is the Giant Oceanic Manta Ray. Why? I am basing my opinion on the fact that the animal is very big, like him, and also has the same colours of his hair and swimsuit. His natural enemies are sharks and killerwhales.