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Rare manta rosa photographed in Australia
"I had never heard of manta rosa and when I view through the lens, I thought that my machine does not work well". He responded well at first glance, Kristian Laine, in the moment in which he managed to inquadrarare the "pink manta" that twirled in the waters of Lady Elliot Island, around the Great Barrier Reef, australia.
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Its pink manta kind of monday today. The only pink manta in the whole world can be found cruising the shallow waters around lady elliot from time to time, around 8 times, in 8 years i think is more like the odds ;) . . . . . #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #southerngreatbarrierreef #nikonaustralia #gbrmarinepark #australiangeographic #ladyelliotislandecoresort #underwaterphotography #ocean #oceanvision #discoverocean #ausgeo #qldparks #aquatech_imagingsolutions #madeofocean #freedive #natgeowild #natgeoyourshot #natgeoau #aussiephotos #ig_australia__ #natgeo #ourblueplanet #padi #australia_shotz #abcaustralia #oceanconservancy #underwater_is_life #naturephotographer

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The photographer, brings it back to Science Alert, he was convinced until he compared his photos with those in the wall of the restaurant on the island where the manta rosa (Former alfredi) is already known. In fact, the animal was spotted for the first time in 2015, from the sub Ryan Jeffery and call "Clouseau" as a term of endearment inspired by the famous inspector of the cinema. Then you count ten sightings in all.

Laine has photographed the manta is surrounded by seven other males, during the ritual of courtship. With respect to the other rays from the livery "of the ordinance", the "Pink Panther" of the seas stands out as the character of a comic on the pale blue background of the sea. In fact, the manta rose seems to be the only one, and the scientists are still investigating the causes of the particular pigmentation.

After following the track of the diet and the hypothesis of an infection that may have caused the staining, now the biologists in the Project Manta, considering the details remained unchanged - the desire and the shades of pink in a whole - compared to the previous sightings, think you may be dealing with a genetic mutation that has altered the melanin, as explained by Asia Haines of the research team. Agrees Nicholls State University in Louisiana at the National Geographic talked about eritrismo, a phenomenon due to an alteration of the pigments in animals may turn on red. The study of the pink manta ray may help to understand the evolution of the species, starting from the color.

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