Georgia Aquarium introduces Manta ray


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The Georgia Aquarium has become the first US public aquarium to introduce a Manta ray, and has become one of only four aquariums in the world that house the species.

The female Manta ray, named Nandi, was found trapped in shark nets off the coast of Durban coast, South Africa and spent some time rehabilitating at the uShaka Marine World.

Initially the gigantic filter-feeding ray would not eat, but after two weeks of trying, keeper Jerry Ntombela managed to get the fish to take krill from a ladle - the same technique used to feed the Georgia Aquarium's filter-feeding Whale sharks.

The giant fish, which measures around 2.74m/9' across the wings, was close to outgrowing uShaka's 2.2 mllion litre/483,000 gallon aquarium and the aquarium had to remove the fish.

One option would have been to return the fish to the wild, however, uShaka's executive director Dr Mark Penning did not want to see the fish being caught by fishermen and contacted the Georgia Aquarium to see if they could re-home the ray in their 23 million litre/5.2 million gallon tank.