Formerly thought to be a single species (Manta birostris), recent research, conducted by Dr Andrea Marshall in Mozambique, showed that there are at least two different species of manta rays (Manta alfredi and Manta birostris). Indeed, after a long wait, the article describing the two species got finally published yesterday (1st December) in a scientific journal (Zootaxa). This is the success after hard work and long wait. Congratulation to Andrea and Mike for publishing this vital piece of information about these mysterious giants.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.