A new study finds that giant manta rays are local commuters and do not regularly travel far. Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography recorded up to six months of travel data from manta ray populations within the Indo-Pacific region. They found that the rays have a pattern of residency rather than long-distance migration. These mysterious underwater creatures are listed as vulnerable, and the findings suggest that local and regional management would be most effective in protecting the manta rays from overfishing and the wildlife trade.
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