TW2235-D. Smoothtail Mobula Ray (Mobula munkiana) feeding on plankton at night. Also called MunkÕs devil ray and Pygmy Devil Ray. The light colored specks in the water are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans, a type of zooplankton (animal plankton, as opposed to phytoplankton which is plant plankton) attracted to the light above and a favorite food of mobulas and manta rays. The ray swims into a clould of plankton with its mouth wide open. The cephalic lobes help to divert the water containing the plankton into the mouth of the manta. The food is then caught on rough, comb-like gill rakers. Baja, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean.<br />
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TW2235-D. Smoothtail Mobula Ray (Mobula munkiana) feeding on plankton at night. Also called MunkÕs devil ray and Pygmy Devil Ray. The light colored specks in the water are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans, a type of zooplankton (animal plankton, as opposed to phytoplankton which is plant plankton) attracted to the light above and a favorite food of mobulas and manta rays. The ray swims into a clould of plankton with its mouth wide open. The cephalic lobes help to divert the water containing the plankton into the mouth of the manta. The food is then caught on rough, comb-like gill rakers. Baja, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean.
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