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Scientists rush to save manta rays, the 'pandas of the ocean'

Manta rays are vulnerable on two fronts: as bycatch — getting caught in industrial fishing nets targeting different types of tuna — and, increasingly, because of traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM.


by Anonymousreply 311/24/2012

Does Robert Osborne host it, OP?

And they are not the "pandas of the sea". There is nothing remotely cute about them.

by Anonymousreply 111/24/2012

I don't know about that R1. I got to pet them at Sea World and I thought they were sweet. The swim around and around this big area and get up close and lift one of their flippers, or whatever they are called, so you could stroke them. The water is ice cold and they feel like velvet covered yogurt. I'm sorry they may die out too. So many things are hitting the critical list. Wish man would and then other things would be fine.

by Anonymousreply 211/24/2012

I see them frequently while surfing. Had no idea they were endangered. I keep very still as they pass. Never been bothered.

by Anonymousreply 311/24/2012
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