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I thought this was an interesting story about a Manta aka sting ray. It tells of what depth people will go to save a animal who cares of the size.


A soaring new citizen for the world's biggest aquarium

    <LI class=cnnHiliteHeader _extended="true">Story Highlights <LI _extended="true">Nandi was named after the mother of a legendary Zulu king
    <LI _extended="true">A manta ray's wingspan can grow to be more than 20 feet
  • The ray shares her 6.3-million-gallon tank with four whale sharks


By David Banks


ATLANTA, Georgia -- In the world's largest aquarium, where most inhabitants settle for swimming, Nandi soars gracefully through her new home on majestic 9-foot wings.

art.manta.ray.cnn.jpg Nandi was found trapped in a shark net in South Africa and nursed back to health.


The latest marquee attraction at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, the young female manta ray made her public debut Monday. And in a 6.3-million-gallon tank full of gentle giants, she's already a crowd favorite.

The Indian Ocean native was discovered caught in nets meant to protect beachgoers from sharks in Durban, South Africa. Nursed back to health at uShaka Marine World, the largest marine park in Africa, Nandi was flown this month to her new home at the Ocean Voyager exhibit.

The Ocean Voyager tank was originally built to house whale sharks, the world's largest fish species. Aquarium officials say her new home should give Nandi plenty of room to grow -- the wingspan of an adult manta ray can grow to 20 feet or more.

It's those wings that give manta rays such grace in the water. The fish, the largest of all ray species, propel their sleek bodies through the ocean with strokes of their enormous wings. video.gif [url=http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/08/25/manta.ray/index.html#cnnSTCVideo]Watch Nandi swim through her new home in Atlanta

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