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A Decade of Studying Maldivian Mantas

This month we celebrate ten years since the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) was formed; ten years that have seen a great deal of achievements, challenges, people, important discoveries, and unforgettable moments. (more)

Manta Trust Expeditions – Come Join Us!

As part of our mission to raise awareness and provide education on manta ray conservation, the Manta Trust has teamed up with regional eco-minded tourism operators to provide ‘Manta Expeditions’. We have expeditions in six countries including our first to Mexico linking with our new exciting project in this region. (more)

What are Manta Rays, Who are the Manta Trust, and Why Should You Care?

Manta rays are fascinating fish. They are easily up there with Great White Sharks, Blue Whales and Orca as one of the most charismatic animals in our oceans…or have you never heard of them before? What are manta rays and who are the Manta Trust?(more)

CMS CoP11 – A Guide to a Big Week for Mobulid Conservation

Today marks the start of what we hope will be another game-changing week for reef manta and mobula ray conservation. Check out our guide to the 11th Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and why it's so important. (more)

Understanding Ocean Giants

As I snorkel in the warm, blue waters off the coast of Mexico, my eyes are peeled for ocean giants. Kicking in the mild current, an underwater landscape impossibly dramatic unfolds beneath me; I have a bird's eye—or fish's eye—view of peaks rising out of the depths, and cliffs that plunge hundreds of meters straight down into apparent nothingness. From everything I've seen previously, this should be a veritable hotspot for oceanic manta rays; the topography is right, the season is right, cleaning stations abound on the rocky reefs, but where are the mantas?(more)

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  • Manta ID Number: MA-ID-0008
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Popcorn
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: April 2011
    Location: Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  • Manta ID Number: MA-ID-0037
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Akiko
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: April 2011
    Location: Raja Ampat, Indonesia
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-0012
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Ping-Pong
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: Jan 1989
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-0025
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Bubbles
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: Aug 2005
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-0084
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Silver
    Sex: Male
    First Sighting: Oct 2005
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-0100
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Rocket
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: Nov 2004
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-0219
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Bob
    Sex: Male
    First Sighting: Nov 2004
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-0976
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Marlin
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: June 2008
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MA-MV-1113
    Species: Reef Manta Ray - Manta alfredi
    Manta Name: Dipstick
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: June 2008
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MB-MV-0053
    Species: Oceanic Manta Ray - Manta birostris
    Manta Name: Flappy Jack
    Sex: Male
    First Sighting: March 2011
    Location: Republic of Maldives
  • Manta ID Number: MB-MX-0340
    Species: Oceanic Manta Ray - Manta birostris
    Manta Name: Seabat
    Sex: Male
    First Sighting: Jan 2010
    Location: Mexico
  • Manta ID Number: MB-MX-0083
    Species: Oceanic Manta Ray - Manta birostris
    Manta Name: Squiggle
    Sex: Female
    First Sighting: March 1995
    Location: Mexico
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