Rays and Manta Rays Found in Indonesia

Manta ray - Rays and Manta Rays Found in Indonesia

If you are visiting Indonesia, and in particular if you are going scuba diving whilst you’re there, you might be asking what rays are found in Indonesia?

There are rays and manta rays in Indonesia including blue spotted rays, manta rays, mobula rays (devil rays), spotted eagle rays and marble rays. Indonesia now has the second largest manta ray tourism industry in the world and has declared the largest manta ray sanctuary in the world.

The following article includes at least one video of each of the rays encountered in Indonesia, as per the following list:

  1. Blue spotted rays.
  2. Manta rays.
  3. Mobula rays (devil rays).
  4. Spotted eagle rays.
  5. Marble rays.

Either before or after reading about rays and manta rays found in Indonesia, you might like to take a look at Indonesian liveaboards in the following table:

Blue Spotted Stingrays in Indonesia

Indonesia is home to the blue spotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura Lymma), which is a species of stingray. Like most stingrays, the blue spotted ray can be found hunting for its food on the sea bed.

Bluespotted Stingray, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Blue Spotted Sting Ray – Muck Diving in Indonesia

Manta rays in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the few places in the world where both species of manta ray. These are the oceanic manta ray (Manta Birostris) and the reef manta (Manta Alfredi). These gentle giants are said to be the most intelligent fish in the ocean and when a fish gets compared to the width of a tennis court, you know it’s going to be big

Manta rays can grow to widths of 7-8 metres (23-26 feet), and a tennis court is 8.2 metres )27 feet) wide. But the Guinness World record, records the largest manta ray wingspan ever as 9.1 metres (30 feet), which is in fact wider than a tennis court.

As the manta ray is such a wonderful creature to spot when scuba diving, I thought it was worth three different videos to show off its majesty.

DESCENDING 4K | S1 E12 | The Giant Manta Rays

Indonesia has declared the largest manta ray sanctuary in the world.

Indonesia, a nation that has been the world’s largest fishery for sharks and rays for nearly three decades, announced today legislation that will fully protect all manta rays within its nearly 6 million square kilometer exclusive economic zone.

“Indonesia now has the second largest manta ray tourism industry in the world, with an estimated annual value of over US$15 million,” Agus Dermawan, the Director of the Ministry’s Marine Conservation Directorate. “Given the huge area of reefs and islands in our country, if managed properly, Indonesia could become the top manta tourism destination on the planet.”

Embassy of Indonesia – Indonesia declares largest manta ray sanctuary in the world
Indonesia announces world’s biggest manta ray sanctuary
Manta Rays in Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Mobula rays in Indonesia

Indonesia is home to mobula ray (devil ray), which are most often found swimming in large schools. The mobula ray is also known as the flying ray too, as it can be found ‘flying’ out of the water, which is a behaviour thought to be used to attract a mate.

School of mobula rays in Raja Ampat Indonesia – Banc de raies mobula à Raja Ampat en Indonésie
School of Mobula (Devil) Rays in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Spotted eagle rays in Indonesia

Spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus Narinari) are found in Indonesia, which are cartilaginous fish like the sharks found in Indonesia. The spotted eagle ray is clearly identified by its dark dorsal surface which is covered in white spots. These rays have very long tails, and, just behind their pelvic fins are several venomous barbed stingers.

Spotted eagle ray-Raie léopard (Aetobatus narinari) 4K
Eagle Ray Indonesia Livaboards.MPG

Marble rays in Indonesia

Indonesia is home to marble rays, which like other ray species are found feeding on the seabed. Marble rays have a thick disc-like pectoral fin with a smooth rounded outer margin.

Marble Ray in Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia
Marble ray at a cleaning station in Savu Sea, Indonesia

Finally, and another animal you might see when you in Indonesia if you go to Komodo Island is the Komodo dragon. In the following video you see a Komodo dragon eating a sting ray. In fact you’ll see that the Komodo dragon will swallow the sting ray whole.

Komodo dragon swallows a stingray

I hope you enjoyed this article about rays and manta rays found in Indonesia

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkelling. Please use the comments section below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about rays and manta rays found in Indonesia), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

Rays and Manta Rays Found in Indonesia

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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