Georgia Aquarium Welcomes 9 Foot Manta Ray Named Nandi From South Africa

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Nandi manta ray fish added at georgia aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium has added a new 9 feet Manta Ray named ‘Nandi’ to its collection. Nandi is the first manta ray ever to be added to an aquarium in the united states. Only four other aquariums in the world are said to have a manta ray in their collections. Nandi was only 8 feet long when it was rescued off the coastal waters of South Africa. The coast of South Africa is laced with nets to protect beach surfers and swimmers from sharks. Nandi got caught in one such shark net and was rescued and brought back to health at the uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa.

Nandi has been growing fast and the Georgia Aquarium had to build a new enclosure for her.
According to the Georgia Aquarium’s page on Nandi :

In just one year, she doubled in weight and outgrew her 580,000 gallon exhibit. In order to raise world-wide awareness about manta rays, Georgia Aquarium and uShaka created an international partnership to bring Nandi on a 9,000-mile journey from South Africa to her new 6.3 million gallon home in the world’s largest exhibit, Ocean Voyager, built by The Home Depot.

you can also check out more pictures of Nandi and facts about manta ray fish at the Georgia Aquarium’s website.

Here is a video about Nandi.


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