It is estimated that these Munks Devil Rays give birth to only one pup every 3-5 years and that they move through the eastern Pacific according to water temperatures, transiting the waters from Mexico to Peru including the offshore islands of Galapagos, Malpelo, Cocos, and the Revillagigedo Archipelago. But many facts about this species are still unknown, and a lot of information is lacking. For example, it is unsure how long these elegant creatures live for, and at what age they become mature adults; what their gestation period is and their reproductive habits; why do they jump or what are their migration patterns are… beckoning the next generation of scientists to begin filling in the gaps and helping us understand them better.
What we do know, is that the Mobula Ray’s conservation status has been labeled as Near Threatened on the IUCN red list since 2006. Their large surface schooling behaviors and that they tend to stay near the coast makes them regular by-catch victims of commercial fishing, as well as getting caught in gillnets, and by trawlers. This decimation of their population coupled with having one ofthe lowest fecality rates (chance of reproducing) of all marine life creates a very dangerous situation for the species. A situation that calls for more research to be done on these incredible animals and more regulations put in place to protect them.