by Ian Markham -- March 26th, 2017
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Mantas are mysterious ocean wanderers. They have a grace unparalleled on land. Watching them underwater feels like an otherworldly experience. Thinking of them makes me long for the sea.
They are also targeted in small scale fisheries for meet in many tropical countries and are caught as bycatch in larger industrial fisheries. Like many of the true ocean Wanderers they reproduce fairly slow and travel enormous distances making them highly vulnerable to human impact.