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Manta ray mating behaviour


The once secret life of a huge, recently discovered species of manta ray is unveiled.

Research by biologist Dr Andrea Marshall has revealed that up to 20 male manta rays will follow a female in a chain, hoping to win her as a mate.

The breathtaking display is filmed by an underwater camera crew filming for a BBC documentary series.

Andrea: Queen of the Mantas will be broadcast on BBC Two at 2000GMT on Wednesday 11 November as part of the BBC Natural World documentary series.


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