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Space In-ray-ders: Satellite Tracking Mantas

Words by Lauren Peel
The satellite track path of Medusa, a 3.6 m wide female reef manta ray, from D’Arros Island, Seychelles. Circles transition from green through to red to indicate Medusa’s travel path over time. Medusa travelled approximately 400 km during the 59 days that she was tracked, spending the majority of her time within the Amirante Island Group [map] before beginning a journey towards the main Seychelles Bank.<br /> © World Ocean Base – Esri, DeLorme, GEBCO, NOAA NGDC, and other contributors
The satellite track path of Medusa, a 3.6 m wide female reef manta ray, from D’Arros Island, Seychelles. Circles transition from green through to red to indicate Medusa’s travel path over time. Medusa travelled approximately 400 km during the 59 days that she was tracked, spending the majority of her time within the Amirante Island Group before beginning a journey towards the main Seychelles Bank (map).<br /> © World Ocean Base – Esri, DeLorme, GEBCO, NOAA NGDC, and other contributors
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SOSF D’Arros Research Centre