SINCE THE end of May, the coast of Torrevieja has seen a high concentration of giant manta rays (Mobula Mobular) in large groups just six nautical miles from shore.
The Mobula Mobular grows to a maximum recorded length of 5.2 metres, making it one of the largest rays on earth.
They are most common in the Mediterranean Sea and can be found elsewhere in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, off the southwest coast of Ireland and south of Portugal and possibly in the northwest Atlantic.
Mobula Mobulars and other large rays are common along the coast, though not usually seen quite so close to the shore.
They are also typically observed in small clusters and only occasionally form larger groups
Despite their size, Mobula Mobulars are totally harmless and feed only on plankton.
The municipal biologist has advised that as the rays ‘swim slowly near the surface of the water’ and people should be careful not to harm them by boat, especially given they have been classified as endangered since 2006.