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Manta Rays - (M. alfredi


All of the pictures in this album were taken in the Republic of Palau. Like most other diving destinations that target manta rays there seems to be seasons for seeing large aggregations. That is true of Palau also, in November - January it is not uncommon to see 10-15 mantas at German Channel in the southern lagoon. It is believed that they have come there to mate. From the months of March-May these mantas generally move to a northern site where you can witness over 40 mantas. I have been trying to work out the formulas and best times to witness this up north. It has taken me about three years but finally I have been getting somewhere. We generally combine these sightings with spawning expeditions.

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