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Word of the day: ‘manta ray’

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Indonesia Rising

Indonesia on Friday became home to the world’s biggest ‘manta ray’ sanctuary covering millions of square kilometres, as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago.

New legislation gives full protection to the creatures across all the waters surrounding Southeast Asia’s biggest country, which for years has been the world’s largest shark and ray fishery.

Protection group Conservation International hailed the “bold” move and said it was influenced by a recent government-backed review that showed a single manta ray was worth one million dollars in tourism revenue over its lifetime.

This compares to between $40 and $500 if caught and killed, the group said.

Many foreign tourists come to Indonesia every year to dive in some of the world’s most biodiverse waters and manta rays are a favourite sight.

The gentle beasts have wingspans up to 25 feet (7.5 metres), which they…

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