Best Place to dive with Devil Rays
Raja Ampat is one of the places where you can see white rays, most of the blankets have white belly, but in Raja Ampat you also can find Black Blankets, completely black top and bottom, this type of Black Blankets are endemic of this region!
In Raja Ampat (if you are lucky!) You can see blankets all year round, but from October to April when these amazing creatures arrive attracted by the high concentration of plankton and nutrients, at this time of the year is common to see them jumping out of the water ,!
But if you want the highest probability of sight of this beautiful animal then from October to April we can find them in the cleaning station; Manta Sandy, at 15m waiting for the small wrasse to clean their parasites.
This time of year, we have a very high level of Devil Rays in the channel between Gam island and Friween , and more specifically in our House Reef! They are usually in groups of 6, and they like to swim back and for what they allow to have a long look at them.
Here more information about Devil Rays;
Devil Rays – Mobula tarapacana
Description of Devil Rays
The devil ray has forward facing cephalic fins giving it the appearance of having horns. It is identified by its distinctive large body disc covered in small denticles and its long slender whip-like tail lacking a spine.
- Dorsoventrally flattened with broad head and subterminal mouth.
- Pectoral fins extend past head, forming distinct cephalic fins.
- Dorsal finish small and at base of tail.
- Long, thin tail with prickly spines.
- Dark brown to bluish black dorsally.
- White ventrally.
- Up to 1.2m including the tail. base of tail.
Distribution of Devil Rays
You will find the Devil Rays Worldwide in tropical waters
Habits of Devil Rays
Normally found in schools and with a ventral rather than frontal mouth. A plankton feeder which fovors current-prone oceanic stretches.