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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)

Seasons of Change

Lying close to the equator and within the doldrums, the Maldives rarely experiences any severe weather events. However, the Maldives has two distinct Monsoons (Seasons) a year which shape the prevailing weather patterns and drive the ocean currents. This year in the Maldives the winds of change did not blow as expected, reducing productivity and significantly affecting the feeding aggregations and reproductive success of the resident population of manta rays... (more)

Baa Atoll, Maldives

In June 2011 at the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO's) 'Man and the Biosphere Program' in Dresden, Germany the entirety of Baa Atoll in the Republic of Maldives was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Baa Atoll joins an illustrious list of international Biosphere Reserves including: The Galapagos Islands, Ayer’s Rock in Australia, the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil, the Sundarbans of India and Kenya's Amboseli NP... (more)

Rays of Hope

People often ask me why I decided to study manta rays. Why would a British marine biologist move halfway around the world to devote the last seven years of his life to unravelling the lives of the resident population of reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) which inhabit the tropical coral reefs of the Republic of Maldives? It’s a good question, a seemingly simple question, yet one which I had not considered myself until I was first asked. And it’s a question I still find difficult to answer satisfactorily with words today... (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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