|Like the other children in the town of La Paz
on the sea, Ramon grows up hearing about the
"Manta Diablo", a terrible sea monster.
Although he is the son of the owner of a pearling
fleet, Ramon has never had to face the dangers of
the deep himself. When he turns 16, he vows not
only to become a diver, but to find the greatest
treasure of all, the Heavenly Pearl. Little does
he know that in making his dream come true, he
will discover that the Manta Diablo is much more
than a fairy tale used by mothers to frighten
their children into obedience.
|The Manta Diablo is a central figure in this
novel. How much that is said about the Ray do you
believe is true? Research rays on the internet.
Sharks and Rays: A Look Inside Series by
Keith Bannister. Readers Digest, 1995
|Create a Fact and Fiction Book of
Rays using these statements.
On one page write the words True or False
and one of the statements. On the next page tell
whether the statement is true or false and why.
1. Some mantas weigh almost three tons.
______ 2. Some mantas grow to more than twenty
______ 3. Many Mantas lie on the sea floor and
eat small sea creatures.
______ 4. A manta has a mouth so big a man could
easily put his head into it.
______ 5. The manta uses its arm- like lobes to
capture its prey.
______ 6. Mantas eat shrimps and crabs.
______ 7. Some mantas have a pilot fish which
swims in and out of its mouth.
______ 8. A manta can break a man's neck with a
flick of its tail.
______ 9. A manta can wreck the strongest boat
with one flipper.
______ 10. A manta has the intelligence to pursue
someone it dislikes.
|Read this speech of the bragging
"I crushed the life out
of an octopus larger than any you'll ever see. ,
What! You dare to doubt me? I'll tell you only
once what I told that spoiled, worthless son of
Salazar's: Guard your tongue. Tangle with me and
you'll wish you'd angered the Manta Diablo
instead! You'd rather snatch the Heavenly Pearl
from that stingray sea monster and face his wrath
than have to deal with mine! You'd rather your
arm was in the grip of a burro clam than up
against my knife. You'd rather be in a black
lagoon with no harpoon to defend yourself against
the devilfish and needlefish than to be up
|Sevillano's speech is filled with statements
that may or may not be true, particularly his
references to a huge octopus and the Manta Diablo. There are many legendary tales of sea
monsters. In 1993 Louise Whitts found and took
pictures of an unknown aquatic creature in
Scotland. You can see these pictures on the web
Monster On Parade. Experts can't identify it.
Some think it is a cousin of the Loch Ness
Monster. Others think it is the result of Defense
Ministry experiments. Still others think it might
be the result of fallout from Chernobyl, the 1986
nuclear disaster. List the theories in the
pattern that follows, adding your own theory. You
might find additional help in developing YOUR
theory by visiting the site, Sea Monsters That
|SEA MONSTER ON PARADE
MONSTERS THAT WEREN'T
Sea Monsters: Books
Water Monsters by Brian Innes,
Manatees by Homer Seward. Rourke Pub.
Monsters of the Deep by Janet Perry.
Gareth Stevens Pub., 1999
What was Louise Whitts' sea monster?
(Or could it have
it was caused by
___________________________________ But I really believe that the