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Giant 1.000 kilos manta ray caught by Peruvian fishermen

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 21:29 UTC
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A giant manta ray of approximately 1.000 kilos was caught by Peruvian unsuspecting fishermen operating at La Cruz inlet, north of the country close to the Ecuadorian border, according to Lima media. Erick Cruz Guerrero, 22 was the young crew member that finally captured the giant manta ray which had to be unloaded with a crane. Read full article

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  • Chicureo

    When I was on vacation in México many years ago, we dined on various dishes of Manta Ray. Baked, in tacos/burritos and soup. All delicious, but what was amazing was the fake scallops that were Manta Ray as well.

    What on earth do you do with a catch so large?

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 12:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • sj_ken

    Do the people of Peru eat the Manta Ray? If it is not eaten then the fishermen should have cut it loose and let it live. It is beautiful and amazing fish.

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 09:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    Probably have it stuffed and displayed in a museum at a guess, especially as it's classed as vulnerable and is (to some degree) protected under international and various national laws.
    They do (as happened in this case) appear to be more of a bycatch nowadays

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 09:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    looks like the starship Enterprize crashed.

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 10:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SebaSvtz

    Poor creature; such a magnificent animal should not end up like that.

    I wonder what other amazing animals may be swimming down there unnoticed.

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 11:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 5

    I agree totally.

    The largest abuser of fishing rights and by-catch, Spain, is STILL asking for more time to comply with what the rest of the world want: no more throwaways (I know it's difficult - big mesh sizes can reduce legal size catches).

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    And what was wrong with cutting the net away? This species of manta is protected under the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals. No information on the actual size of this creature but manta birostris can reach 13 foot or more in southern Africa. Mantas can live as long as 50 years. How old was this one? The animal should be carefully preserved so that no-one can profit from removing the gill rakers for Chinese medicine.

    Apr 28th, 2015 - 01:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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