Researchers have uncovered a nursery site for juvenile giant manta rays off the coast of Texas in the protected Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary. Notoriously shy, the juveniles’ early years remain somewhat of a mystery to scientists.
A chance siting by a marine biologist lead to intensive study of surveys of other juvenile siting records in the area. This allowed scientists to conclude that this 56 mile protected area of the Gulf is the perfect kindergarten for these young, graceful fish. Hopefully, discovering this hot spot of juvenile activity will lead scientists to uncover more facts about how these giant, gracefully creatures navigate life in our great blue seas. Check out the full article here at Gizmodo.