Alongside a large number of Galapagos Sting Rays (such as Spotted Eagle Rays, Golden Rays etc.), there are two types of Mobula Rays in Galapagos, which are commonly encountered swimming in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. The Mobula Birostris (Giant Oceanic Manta Ray) and the Mobula Japanica (Spinetail Devil Ray). The Devil Ray is so-called due to its distinctive ‘horns’ that grow on either side of its wide head.
Rays are extremely curious around humans and are fond of swimming with scuba divers on our Galapagos Diving Cruises and also snorkelers. Note: All of our Galapagos cruises include the option for snorkeling, and you will certainly encounter rays on a Galapatours adventure!
Rays will often come to the surface to investigate boats at anchor and some rays even like being stroked! Galapagos Manta Rays can sometimes be seen leaping out of the water and landing with a surprisingly loud slap. They also have the biggest brains of any fish!
These species have very few natural predators but are currently classed as being vulnerable due to bycatch. This overfishing, along with the long and slow breeding cycle of the rays, has meant a steady decline in numbers of these beautiful giants.
Galapagos and the coast of Ecuador holds the largest seasonal gatherings of Giant Manta Ray in the world, which is a breathtaking sight to behold. These majestic rays are not to missed when cruising the islands. Contact our travel advisors today to help plan your own remarkable Galapagos ray experience with a stunning naturalist cruise around the Galapagos Islands.
Fast Facts about the Mobula Rays
- Manta rays can grown up to 20ft across and weigh up to 3,000lb
- Rays have the largest brain size to body size ratio - hence the smartest fish in the ocean
- Markings on the belly of rays are unique, and can be used to identify individuals
- The waters off Galapagos and Ecuador host the largest gatherings of Giant Manta Rays in the world