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Black manta

Scientific name: Mobula alfredi

Size: Up to 18 feet

Color: Black and white

Distinguishing feature: Inverted colors: black above and below, with white spots underneath.

Where did we see it: Raja Ampat

Black manta of Raja Ampat

Black manta

Scientific name: Mobula alfredi

Size: Up to 18 feet

Color: Black and white

Distinguishing feature: Inverted colors: black above and below, with white spots underneath.

Where did we see it: Raja Ampat

In detail

The manta ray is a very noble animal and has a great reputation with divers. The black one is rarer than the white one, West Papua is one of the places in the world to meet them.

Unlike the "normal" manta ray, this one is totally black on the belly, with some white spots. It's a genetic polymorphism that creates this black coloration, so it is not really a different specie.

Our pictures of black manta

The different species of Rays we have seen

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