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Introducing “How to Swim with Manta Rays”

Tourism is integral to manta conservation, but if left without proper measures, it has the potential to do more harm than good. We've taken our Best Practice Code of Conduct for Manta Ray Tourism, and distilled it into a suite of media tools to aid its implementation in the real-world. We are making them freely-available, in multiple languages, to both the public and tourism operators, through a website dedicated to sustainable manta & mobula tourism. Check it out!(more)

Time to Save Mantas – Our Partnership with Carl F. Bucherer

As part of our effort to learn more about the lives of mantas, Swiss watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer (CFB) have partnered with the Manta Trust to support our research and conservation activities around these majestic animals. CFB have released a limited edition line of Manta Trust dive watches. The time pieces themselves are pretty awesome, with each one including an engraving of a different manta ray from our Maldivian Manta Ray Project's database - that includes the ID code, and the manta's unique spot pattern! (more)

A Guide for Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism

The Manta Trust, Project AWARE, and WWF have joined together to bring the world’s first guide to best practice shark and ray tourism! The Guide provides a suite of FREE, practical, downloadable tools that can be used by operators, NGOs, local communities and resource managers, to ensure that tourism sites are established and managed sustainably, for the benefit of sharks, rays, and the people that rely on them.(more)

Understanding the 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)

World Class Diving and a Unique Partnership

Over the past years, the unusually consistent annual sightings of manta rays in Laamu Atoll have been intriguing The Manta Trust Team. But what makes manta aggregation sites in Laamu and more specifically the nearby resort of Six Senses so special? (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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