Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
In a video capturing the birth, the baby manta, rolled up like a tube, came sliding out of the mother manta, then quickly spread its fins and began swimming around.
The scene, recorded by the aquarium, was broadcast by national broadcaster NHK on Sunday.
The event marks the first birth of a manta in captivity, according to the aquarium, which started raising manta rays in 1988.