- Manta Rays (CNN News)
"The manta ray (Manta birostris), is the largest of the rays, with the largest known specimen having been more than 7.6 m (about 25 ft) across, with a weight of about 2,300 kg (about 5,000 lb). It ranges throughout all tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs."
"Mantas have been given a variety of common names, including Atlantic manta, Pacific manta, devilfish, and just manta." 08-08
- Manta Rays (Wikipedia.org)
"The latest marquee attraction at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, the young female manta ray made her public debut Monday. And in a 6.3-million-gallon tank full of gentle giants, she's already a crowd favorite." Includes a picture. 08-08
- Stingrays Rarely Deadly (MSNBC News)
"Stingrays like the one that killed 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin are cousins of sharks. But unlike some sharks, which are fearsome predators with powerful jaws, the stingray is rarely a threat to humans and its small mouth is no threat at all."
"Irwin was likely killed not by the sting so much as the fact that the stingray's spear pierced his heart and caused him to bleed to death, according to news reports." 09-06
- Manta Rays (Enchanted Learning)
"Manta rays (Manta birostris) are the largest rays and are closely related to sharks. These harmless fish have a short tail, a flat body, and no stinging spine. Rays have no bones, only cartilage." 08-08