Manta Ray Monterey Bay Aquarium Model Toy
The Manta Ray Monterey Bay Aquarium Model Toy is one of the many brilliant replicas in the world’s premier line of vinyl sea life model toys. Sculpted under the direction of the curators and educators of the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, this beautiful 8 inch sea life model is a true marvel. Authentically crafted on a 1:20 scale, each sea life toy model is carefully hand painted and accompanied with a 5 language data hang tag providing information on Manta Rays. This magnificent reproduction makes a great decoration for an ocean themed room or office. Teachers will really enjoy using this life like sea model to provide a fun and unique learning experience in the classroom. Kids and adults alike can collect the Manta Ray and the entire Monterey Bay line all the while bringing the marvels of the ocean into the home or classroom without getting wet. Get your kids interested in amazing ocean life with the Manta Ray Monterey Bay Aquarium Model Toy!
All About Manta Rays
Closely related to sharks, manta rays are the largest rays in the ocean. Unlike some other rays, manta rays are harmless because they have no stinging spine. Manta rays are aquatic acrobats and can even leap up out of the water. These graceful rays can grow up to 29.5 feet wide and a maximum weight of 3,000 pounds. An underwater beauty, the manta ray is dark brown or black on top and mostly white underneath. With no teeth to speak of the rays funnel food into their mouths while swimming with the two large cephalic lobes that extend forward from their eyelids like flaps. Found across the globe both close to shore and in open water manta rays are harmless to swimmers and divers. With all that is known about manta rays, one mystery remains. Scientist have yet to discover how long these elegant swimmers live in the wild and ever changing ocean.
Monterey Bay and Attractions
The beautiful Monterey Bay is a Pacific Ocean bay located along the central coast of California between Santa Cruz and Monterey. Monterey Bay is home to a mass variety of marine animals like seals, dolphins and otters and is even on the migratory path of some whale species. Multiple species of fish, sharks, and similar marine life inhabit the Bay along with several varieties of kelp that grow into enormous kelp forest. Another interesting feature of Monterey Bay is the Monterey Canyon, one of the world’s largest underwater canyons. Beyond its sheer natural beauty, visitors are also attracted to Monterey Bay to peruse the Monterey Bay Aquarium. With around 550 species of marine life on display, visitors can spend all day exploring the awe inspiring exhibits the aquarium has to offer. From turtles and jelly fish to their own kelp forest the Monterey Bay Aquarium presents the natural beauty of the bay in a safe and organized environment that visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy.