No one knows exactly why manta rays jump out
of the water, but there are several theories.
Some biologists suspect that the rays may be
trying to get rid of parasites. Jumping
could also be a mode of communication -
either the jump itself could be a signal to other
rays, or it could have something to do with the
noise they make when they land in the water. Of
course, like many unexplained animal behaviors,
jumping could be a way of attracting a mate
- perhaps mantas are showing how fit they are by
jumping as high as possible!
Finally, some scientist think that the mantas
may just be doing it for fun. As you probably
know from watching cats and dogs, animals like to
have fun just like humans do.
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