MANTA RAY - 6.5x6.5 inches $200.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Manta Ray - Manta birostris
Status: Many rays are vulnerable or endangered because they have relatively long lives with few offspring and cannot recover easily when populations are impacted. They are under pressure from commercial and recreational fishing, pollution, and habitat alteration.
In Maori lore, Punga is the son of the Sea god, Tangaroa, and is the god of ugliness. All the scaled, creeping, crawling, slimy, creatures of nature are his descendants. Punga had two sons: Tū-te-wehiwehi made his home in the on the land and under the arcing boughs of the trees to become ancestor of many terrestrial reptiles and insects, and Ikatere who went to the ocean to become ancestor for sharks, rays, and the aquatic beasts.
Size: 6 x 6 inches