Meet Massive Manta Rays – Everything To Sea

While most of us like to think our own one-eyed monster is the largest creature of the deep blue sea, the reality is our entire physique shrinks compared to massive manta rays. But do not be intimidated, these gentle giants simply spend their lives gliding through the surf. Manta rays are a common sight within the waters surrounding the many islands of Indonesia. 

Size Queens

These ocean giants can weigh well over 2,404 kg (5,300 lbs) and span up to 8.8 meters (29 feet) from tip to tip. Manta rays are easily some of the largest fish in the world’s oceans. Their large size might deceive you into believing their meals are equally proportioned. But the reality is, much like the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, manta rays specialize in eating tiny plankton. With their mouths wide open, they filter feed as they swim. You might have noticed those large mustache like-appendages (oooh, Zaddy!) They’re not just for looking foxy – the flaps help direct food into their mouths. 

No fish for brains here! Manta rays have some of the biggest and brightest brains of any fish species. Studies have shown they are capable of recognizing themselves in a mirror, and even creating mental maps of their environment – an indicator of a highly developed long-term memory. 

Fast Manta Ray Facts:

  • Manta rays are famous for their acrobatics, known to barrel roll and somersault when feeding. These moves help them to create a cyclone effect, trapping food in a spiral.
  • Manta rays are quite hygienic and will make regular stops to cleaning stations. Literally areas within a coral reef where sea creatures pause to be cleaned by smaller animals, who remove dead skin and parasites. 
  • “Manta” means blanket or cloak in Spanish, accurately named for their large, flat, diamond-shaped bodies.
  • They typically give birth to just one pup every two to three years. Manta rays have one of the slowest birth rates of any fish species. They’re known to live long lives, spanning anywhere from 40-50 years. 
  • These creatures are very sociable and have known to playfully interact with snorkelers.

Until as recently as 2008, scientists learned there are in fact two different subspecies of manta rays: the giant manta ray and the reef manta ray. Cruising the clear waters of Indonesia are mainly the smaller reef manta rays. But don’t let that comparison fool you, this subspecies can have a wingspan of up to 3.3 meters wide. 

Disappearing Manta Rays

Alas, both sub-species of manta ray are considered vulnerable to extinction. Overfishing poses the greatest threat. Demand for their meat and even more so their gill plates, has driven this decline. Each year, thousands of manta rays are killed for their gill plates. With a slow reproductive rate, they’re unable to survive this rate of overfishing and soon might disappear from our world’s oceans. 

Thankfully in 2014, Indonesia banned the fishing of these creatures. Instead, the government identified an even more lucrative and sustainable approach: tourism. Studies have estimated that eco-tour operations generate so much revenue for local economies that one single manta ray in a tourist hotspot can generate up to one million dollars in its lifetime—but is worth a mere $500 dead.

By Full Story at Everything To Sea.

Everything To Sea runs all-male, clothing-optional trips on traditional wooden yachts in the calm seas of Indonesia. As a travel operator, they specialize in excursions for men of all orientations, that center around freedom, camaraderie, friendship, and honesty. 

Since January 2019, Everything To Sea has been exploring natural environments and giving guys one-of-a-kind, life-changing experiences. Trips range from private journeys for individuals to small-group departures for up to 12 men. Their ships are also available for existing men’s groups, such as yoga or tantric communities, who are seeking unforgettable journeys.

Von Abercron Residence – Hermanus Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Von Abercron Residence Hermanus Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

VON ABERCRON RESIDENCE with a personal touch of German Royalty and flair in Hermanus is well situated directly above the Hermanus Golf Course and adjacent to Fernkloof Nature Reserve with magnificent panoramic mountain and sea views, a paradise for bird lovers, endless hiking trails and even paragliding, etc.

Only 5 minutes to the center of Hermanus which offers the best land based whale watching in the world, blue flag status beaches and magnificent cliff path views along the coast.

We offer our guests not only a high standard of comfort, but also a restful environment in a quiet, safe and peaceful area. Enjoy nature with the sound of birds and unbelievable views, only meters from the superb golf course, nature reserve and mountain trails.

Known as the “Riviera of the South”, Hermanus is situated on the Cape South Coast, a 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Cape Town which takes one through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Excellent position, slightly away from the crowds and noises from the main parts of Hemanus.

The tranquility of the place, warm welcome and friendly attentative service to satisfy our guests is our endeavour.

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Hale KupuKupu – Gay Volcano Vacation Rental

Hale KupuKupu Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Hale KupuKupu is constructed from old growth redwood planks in the single wall design traditional to the islands during the plantation period of the 1930s and 40’s. Hale KupuKupu offers a quiet and tranquil experience, reminiscent of a lifestyle from an era gone-by. The outside surroundings of the house provide natural beauty and unmatched privacy.

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