A collaborative research between Marine Megafauna Foundation, Fundación Megafauna Marina del Ecuador, the Manta Trust and the Ocean Ecology Lab at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute has identified the coast of Ecuador as the place with the largest population of giant oceanic manta rays (mobula bisrostris).
Giant rays have a wingspan that can measure up to 7 mts across and they are found in tropical open waters, usually close to seamounts and islands.
Where to be found
The convergence of equatorial currents brings these 'angels of the sea' to Isla de la Plata in Machalilla
National Park, making this spot a favorite among kontikiers during our mid-year expeditions.
When to be spotted
Giant rays can be spotted from June until October, at the same time as our beloved humpback whales
, making this a magical season to explore the marine world.