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Studying Manta Rays Along the Atlantic Coast

Georgia Aquarium remains the only aquarium in the United States to exhibit manta rays. Our field work in Mexico and Florida has led to some amazing discoveries. We conducted field operations to study how populations of manta rays are moving along the Atlantic Coast. Aerial and boat surveys and satellite tagging are used to understand how and where the animals use the waters of northern Florida.

In Mexico, manta rays have begun to appear in increasing numbers in the same location where the large aggregation of whale sharks show up every summer to feed (see our whale shark section for more details). This has presented Georgia Aquarium with the unique opportunity of studying two of our key species together during our field efforts. Researchers have attached satellite tags to mantas to track migration, observed and counted their numbers from the sky in aerial surveys, and photographed their distinct skin patterns all in an effort to understand more about this graceful giant.

Manta Matcher

Animal Fact

Manta rays often somersault while feeding

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Support Manta Ray Research & Conservation

When you buy from our gift shop, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase allows us to continue with our groundbreaking research initiatives, educational programs and conservation efforts.

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