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.

Snorkeling in “The Best Place on Earth” – Everything To Sea

Picture a beautiful landscape under the sea, rich with marine plants, gorgeous coral, and the greatest diversity of coral reef fishes in the world. Snorkeling in Indonesia, part of the famous Coral Triangle, dubbed “The Amazon of the Seas” … is highly recommended. The water temperature and clarity are truly ideal. You should expect breathtaking views while exploring under the sea.

So why should you snorkel in the Coral Triangle? Well, seventy-five percent of the world’s coral species are found here— that’s nearly 600 different species. It boasts over 3,000 species of fish, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and underwater gardens that’ll make you feel like you’re in the movie Avatar. Snorkeling’s an easy way to experience its underwater beauty. And unlike scuba diving, you don’t need to get a certificate or complete a course to do it.

If you haven’t snorkeled before – or if you haven’t done it in a while – rest assured that in the Coral Triangle, it’s easy to do so in a safe manner. 

By Eddie Rahadian – 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.

Cabo San Lucas Snorkeling – 2TravelDads

Cabo San Lucas Snorkleing

As heartbreaking as it is to realize that your kids are growing up it’s also amazing.  We are able to do so many more fun things and share even more new experiences with them.  One that is really exciting is snorkeling! Snorkeling in and around Cabo San Lucas is surprisingly great and if you’re in the right spot, it’s mellow enough for kids. Our Cabo snorkeling guide highlights just that: best Cabo snorkeling spots!

Have you been snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas?  Have you been to Cabo when you WEREN’T on spring break as a college kid?  Well, Cabo San Lucas is one of our favorite family travel destinations and now with growing kids we’re excited for our many future visits.  When it comes to snorkeling, there are a variety of fish-type experiences we enjoy doing, both with and without the kids.

Cabo San Lucas Snorkeling: Boats vs. Beaches

We have done a wide variety of snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas over the years, and when we say “variety” we’re not just talking about the beaches we’re at, but the method of approach and overall wildlife. You know that we love to get out on the water, so that’s one approach we take, but then we also will venture out in a car or even on foot to find good snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas and all the way up to La Paz. The best Cabo snorkeling spots are in surprising places.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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Pink Condos on Sunset Beach – Lesbian Owned Accommodations in St. Croix, USVI

Pink Condos on Sunset Beach

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Truly paradise, The Pink Condos have it all, beach, sunsets, snorkeling, relaxation and privacy!!!

Featuring four 1BR, 1 Bath condos and a 2 BR, 2 bath unit on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

Wake up every morning to the beautiful blue water and watch the post card sunsets in the evenings from your private spacious balcony.

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