Trapped giant manta ray approached scuba divers in desperate plea to be cut from fishing lines
- The gentle giant was entangled off the Bat Islands of Costa Rica
- It swam fearlessly toward the divers, who set it free from the burdensome, painful fishing line
THE GIANT OCEANIC MANTA RAY: IS IT THE WORLD’S SMARTEST FISH?
The giant oceanic manta ray is the largest species of ray and is a type of eagle ray.
Scientists believe the ray has the largest brain of all fish species.
However, they’ve yet to determine just how intelligent the majestic, winged fish actually is.
Like other massive ocean animals such as whale sharks and the largest of whales, mantas are filter feeders and eat only the ocean’s tiniest organisms.
The giant oceanic manta is believed to be highly migratory, routinely crossing entire oceans.