By Josie  July 17th, 2023

This 5,000 Pound Manta-Ray Was Caught in New Jersey in 1933

In 1933 an enormous Manta-Ray was caught off the coast of New Jersey.

The story of how it was caught is just as insane as its size.

The massive Manta-Ray became hooked onto the anchor of their cabin cruiser, leading to a three-hour struggle.

How They Caught It

The Manta-Ray had almost won the fight when a coast guard arrived and fired twenty bullets into the Manta Ray.

The Manta-Ray measured in 5,000 – 6,000 pounds in weight and a width of 25 feet and five inches.

The fisherman decided to charge a modest fee of 10 cents per person for the opportunity to view the massive Manta Ray.

Tourist Attraction

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.

Are Manta Rays Common In New Jersey?

The Manta Ray is sometimes referred to as the devil fish due to its imposing size, dark coloration, and horn-like cephalic fins that resemble devilish horns.

Manta Rays can live for up to 50 years! Sadly, the species is currently deemed a vulnerable species according to the IUCN.

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