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There are few more graceful swimmers in the ocean than the ray – “batiod” rays, such as mantas and stingrays, are quick, agile, and energy-efficient.  Engineers are using these fascinating creatures as inspiration for the Mantabot, a new autonomous underwater vehicle. The Mantabot’s plastic body and and silicone fins are modeled from a direct molding of the cownose ray, and it glides through the water with the same flapping motions as its living counterparts. 

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