The Georgia Aquarium just unveiled the latest addition to it’s bigger-is-better strategy: Nandi the manta ray. Apparently rescued from shark nets off the Coast of South Africa, Nandi spent the last few months living at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa. When it became clear that Nandi was going to outgrow her enclosure and that the Georgia Aquarium could house her (and maybe pay handsomely for her?), the wheels were set in motion. Nandi will be the first manta ray to be exhibited in the United States.
Nandi doing her thing. Photo credit to John Bazemore, AP Photo
Currently 9ft from wingtip to wingtip, Nandi is but a tyke compared to her fully grown brethren which reach up to 26 feet across.
Check out Nandi’s journey in this video