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Yes, you guessed it. It's Manta Season here in Sharm El Sheikh again.
It's usually April time that was start spotting these magnificent creatures on a more regular basis and this year has been and exceptionally good time for Manta spotting.
So far this year we have had 12 different sightings in four weeks. We are not sure if sometime we see the same Manta as it's not always easy to get close enough for a good photo, so we can identify the markings.
Their markings, especially on their underside are like a persons finger print. It's unique to each different Manta, but the marking on their back among other things, tells us if they are a reef Manta or a Giant Manta (also know as The Oceanic Manta).
This is a Giant Manta above. What distinguishes them apart from the reef Manta is the black and white markings on the front of it's back.
The Giant Manta's marks form a T where the reef Manta's markings form more of a Y. You can clearly see in picture 1 and 3 that there is a shape of a T on the back of this manta, so this tells us it is an Giant or Oceanic Manta.
You can see the difference on the Manta to the left. It's markings forms more of a 'Y' so this is a reef manta.
Next it's the Whale shark season, however there has already been some spotted on their annual migration up into The Gulf of Aqaba. Let's hope we see a lot more as these also are such magnificent creatures like The Manta.
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