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MANTA CATALOG PREVIEW IMAGES - SPOTS & SQUARES

The Manta Catalog consists of a series of images and sighting information for individual mantas that have been seen at the 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 with a combination of spots and square patterns on their undersides.

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ADDITIONAL MANTA IMAGES

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

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

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

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 M11
Manta M11
December 1997
Photo Credit: Gittings/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray M13
Manta M13 - Mírame
January 2003
Photo Credit: Kaile Tsapis
Belly view of manta ray M14
Manta M14
July 2000
Photo Credit: Hickerson/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray M19
Manta M19
August 2006
Photo Credit: Neal Baltz
Belly view of manta ray M21
Manta M21
August 2006
Photo Credit: Neal Baltz
Belly view of manta ray M25
Manta M25
August 2000
Photo Credit: Hickerson/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray 26
Manta M26 - Spirit
July 2003
Photo Credit: J. Wiseman & S. Bernhardt
Belly view of manta ray M31
Manta M31
August 2009
Photo Credit: Neal Baltz
Belly view of manta ray M35
Manta M35
June 2007
Photo Credit: Hickerson/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray M42
Manta M42
1982
Photo Credit: Dick Zingula
Belly view of manta ray M46
Manta M46
Photo Credit: J. Wiseman & S. Bernhardt
Belly view of manta ray M48
Manta M48
1992
Photo Credit: Jesse Cancelmo
Belly view of manta ray M50
Manta M50
September 2007
Photo Credit: Hickerson/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray M54
Manta M54
August 1995
Photo Credit: Joyce & Frank Burek
Belly view of manta ray M55
Manta M55
2001
Photo Credit: Joyce & Frank Burek
Belly view of manta ray M58
Manta M58
February 1997
Photo Credit: Hickerson/FGBNMS
Belly view of manta ray M59
Manta M59
1990
Photo Credit: Jesse Cancelmo

Belly view of manta ray M67
Manta M67
August 2009
Photo Credit: Neal Baltz

Belly view of manta ray M70
Manta M70
August 2009
Photo Credit: G.P. Schmahl

Belly view of manta ray M71
Manta M71
August 2009
Photo Credit: Marissa Nuttall

Belly view of manta ray M72 swimming to the left
Manta M72
September 2010
Photo credit: Don Field

Belly view of manta ray M76 swimming to the left
Manta M76
July 2014
Photo credit: G.P. Schmahl

Belly view of Manta Ray M77 swimming away from the camera
Manta M77
August 2015
Photo credit: Marissa Nuttall
 

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