By Josie July 17th, 2023
The massive Manta-Ray became hooked onto the anchor of their cabin cruiser, leading to a three-hour struggle.
The Manta-Ray had almost won the fight when a coast guard arrived and fired twenty bullets into the Manta Ray.
The fisherman decided to charge a modest fee of 10 cents per person for the opportunity to view the massive Manta Ray.
In just a few days, he'd raised enough to purchase a brand-new fire truck worth $3,000 for the local fire department!
Generally, Manta Rays have a bad reputation, and many think that they are a dangerous species.
This common disbelief is most probably due to confusion with their venomous cousins: Stingrays.
Unlike their stingray relatives, manta rays do not have barb-tipped tails or venomous spines, making them non-threatening.
The waters of New Jersey are not a regular habitat or migration route for manta rays, they commonly inhabit tropical and subtropical regions.
Manta Rays can live for up to 50 years! Sadly, the species is currently deemed a vulnerable species according to the IUCN.