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Maldivian Manta Rays Protected

The Maldivian government have announced that all ray species, including both species of mantas will be added to the list of Protected species. This new legislation makes it illegal to capture, keep or harm any type of ray in the Maldives. The Environment Protection Agency's Director General, Ibrhahim Naeem said "Rays have gotten so rare now that we fear its extinction, when it earns a lot of profit in tourism."

Help Protect the Maldivian Manta Rays

The Manta Trust needs your support! The Maldives hosts the largest population of reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) in the world, but there is no national law which prohibits fishing or injuring these increasingly vulnerable species. Let's see if we can change that! Please, SIGN & SHARE the petition! (more)

Indonesia announces full protection for Manta Rays!

The Manta Trust, WildAid, Blue Sphere Media, the Indonesian Manta Project and Save Our Seas Foundation are today celebrating the signing of a new regulation creating the world's largest manta sanctuary, encompassing a massive 6 million square kilometres of ocean, enforcing full protection for Oceanic and Reef Manta Rays (Manta birostris and Manta alfredi) in Indonesia. (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)

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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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