Acrylic on plastic bag (15x24cm), framed in a bespoke wooden float mounted frame (see extra photo).At up to 23 feet wide and 5,300 pounds, calling a manta ray “giant” is an understatement. Though enormous, these planktivores are truly gentle giants. Scientists’ best guess puts a manta ray’s lifespan at 40-50 years, but, as scientific tracking of individuals increases, we could find that the massive fish live as long as 100 years. The main threat to the giant manta ray is commercial fishing, with the species both targeted and caught as bycatch in a number of global fisheries throughout its range. Manta rays are particularly valued for their gill rakers, which are traded internationally. In 2018, NOAA Fisheries listed the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Manta Ray (It’s in the Bag Series)