Mobula rays leap from the water in the Gulf of California

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The oceans are filled with mysterious creatures, some of which we have hardly ever seen and know very little about. One of these strange animals is as adorable as it is peculiar. The Mobula munkiana, or mobula ray, is a smaller kind of ray — no more than 3.6 feet long, according to the IUCN Red List — and its favorite thing to do is fly.

Mobula rays tend to stay in large clusters numbering hundreds of the species, and are frequently found jumping out of the water, their flapping fins making them look like they’re flying for a few short seconds. Interestingly, no one has reached a real consensus as to why they do this.

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