Our Living Seas

Pacific Manta "Cough"


I video recorded a very interesting and rare event at San Benedicto Island about 250 miles SSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A large pacific Manta ray is seen "coughing" out planktonic debris from its gill rakers. This is somewhat similar to a human clearing its airways. This is the only known video as per the Manta Pacific Research Foundation (www.mantapacific.org). This foundation conducts scientific research, provides educational programs for the public and promotes global Manta Ray conservation.