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Recognized by their similarity to ‘flying saucers’ when they swim and interact with divers, manta rays (Manta Birostris) are at risk of extinction and are being studied by researchers working on the preservation of the species on the coast of Sao Paulo. The work began in 2004 with a photographic survey and started to gain momentum last year with a sponsorship of Petrobras, which allowed the in stallation of tracking devices to send information of fish being montitored via satellite.

The greatest threat to the manta rays is fishing. Manta rays end up being captured by large nets aimed at more commercially valuable fish such as tuna and sardines. Manta rays are usually photographed in the Laje de Santos Marine State Park, 36 km off the coast.

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