They catch their food simply by “flying” through the water, filtering the food they choose to eat through their gills and discarding the rest. Manta ray cyclone feeding is an interesting manta ray behavior that involves the rays grouping together in a spiral formation by which they disturb even more plankton for them to feast on. This weather in maldives
phenomenon is most often witnessed at the famous Hanifaru manta ray dive spot.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest manta ray in the world has a wingspan of 9.1 metres (30 feet). Typically, manta rays grow to 20-25 feet, and the largest manta ray that most divers see in the Maldives measures around 18 feet.