Following the widely disseminated incident of the unusual landing of 30 Giant devil rays (Mobula mobular
) in Izmir, Turkey, (http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/galeri-40391823
) and the reported information, that the fishmongers’ intention is to market the catch, mostly to Greece, we would like to express our serious concerns.
The Giant Devil Ray Mobula mobular
(Bonnaterre, 1788) is one of the most magnificent and charismatic animals of our oceans. It has been recorded to attain a maximum disc width (analogous to wingspan, as used for bird morphometrics) of five metres, the largest of its genus, while it presents an extremely low reproductive rate, by giving birth to a single large pup at unknown intervals. Its geographic range is limited to the Mediterranean Sea and possibly to adjoining eastern Atlantic waters.
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