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MANTA CATALOG PREVIEW IMAGES - MOSTLY BLACK

The Manta Catalog consists of a series of images and sighting information for individual mantas that have been seen at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary or nearby banks.

Each manta ray has been placed in a category depending on its unique underbelly markings. However, some manta rays' markings might be interpreted differently by different people, so be sure to look at images in all categories to find the manta you are trying to identify.

This page includes images of mantas that are predominantly black/gray on their undersides with few other markings.

CLICK ONTHE BUTTONS BELOW TO VIEW
ADDITIONAL MANTA IMAGES

Button labeled "spots" that links to an image page of manta rays with spot patternsindividual has spot-like markings

Button labeled "squares" that links to an image page of manta rays with square-like patternsindividual has square-like blotches

Button labeled "spots & squares" that links to an image page of manta rays with spot & square patternsindividual has a combinationof spots and square patterns

Button labeled "mostly white" that links to an image page of manta rays with mostly white undersidesindividual is predominantly white with few other markings

Button labeled "tagged" that links to an image page of manta rays with acoustic tags on themindividual has a tag on its dorsal (top) side

You can also download a Manta Catalog poster showing all the identified mantas sorted into their separate categories (as shown above).

Click on a picture below to see a larger image of the manta and information about sightings of that individual. All downloaded images should be credited to the person(s) listed with each photo. If an image lacks a photo credit, the photographer is not known.

Belly view of manta ray M10
Manta M10
December 1997
Photo Credit: Gittings/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray M61 with diver swimming alongside.
Manta M61
1998
Photo Credit: Jesse Cancelmo

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