Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Friday, June 22, 2007

Manta Ray dies

The world's first manta ray born in captivity, in an aquarium on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, died five days after its birth, an aquarium spokeswoman said Friday.

'It's very regrettable that we lost the baby,' the spokeswoman at the Churaumi Aquarium said. 'We feel bad about failing to raise it well.'

The newborn male manta ray reportedly died of concussion and scratches when it swam into the wall of the aquarium.

The manta-ray's father had been seen chasing its own offspring, and the aquarium staff said that the baby ended up smashing against the wall in an attempt to escape.


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