Thursday, December 27, 2007

Humongous 5000 pound Manta Ray

Merry... whatever. Okay? Okay!

Did you know that manta rays can get goddamned gigantic? Check these two newspaper scans out, nearest I can tell they're real - Wikipedia, ever the scholarly source, says that "The manta ray, or giant manta (Manta birostris), is the largest of the rays, with the largest known specimen having been about 7.6 m (25ft) across, with a weight of about 2,300 kg (5,000 lb)."

I love how they shot it. PSA: "Although [mantas] may approach humans, if touched, their mucus membrane is removed, causing lesions and infections on their skin."

Don't do that shit.

Modern Mechanix

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