Enjoying the beauty of the underwater world made me fall in love with it. I find diving and snorkeling with marine species a very special and spiritual experience. A good snorkelling tour left me feeling better than after giving a fun wind surfing or catamaran lesson. It’s all about the colourful species and topography of the reef.
Diary of a volunteer researcher
Mantas, the gentle giants of the sea. I’ve always loved the ocean, especially coming from an island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I guess it should be that way. My interest in mantas grew phenomenally throughout the years up to the point I wanted to help out in the conservation of these animals in this little chain of pearls known as “the Maldives”. I’ve done my part in environmental conservation before and I felt it was time to do more.
Shy mantas of Peru
Mantas in the north Peru area are pretty shy. They don’t always want to hang around in a particular spot making it a less easy for the researcher to get a decent ID shot. Most of the mantas out here don’t see people in the water very often, they just aren’t used to us so many swim away.
Once in a lifetime
In a world where miles upon miles of nets has become normal and long lines with 15,000 hooks are used to catch the food on many people’s plates, it amazes me that it is still necessary to highlight the risks to marine animals of these practices.
Wind Walking in Palau 3/3
Fieldwork is in full swing. The resident population of manta rays in German Channel is estimated between 10 to 30, yet the manta ID Palau database contains approximately 300 individuals. So where are all the other mantas?
Success: Entangled Manta Rescued
If you jump into the water and the first thing you see is an entangled manta ray, your heart skips a beat! At least my heart stopped beating for a moment!
Wind Walking in Palau 2/3
With the departure of Isabel a month ago I now remain the sole project manager in Palau – further immersing me in the island’s unique cultural and underwater heritage. I have had the opportunity to dive various wrecks, enthralling dichotomies of human and natural forces that embody Palau’s gruesome past.
Fieldwork in Fiji
It is 6:30am, a full moon and high tide—perfect conditions for mantas. I am one of the first people to see the rays of today’s sun but am more interested in the dark shadows being cast under the waves.
Marvellous Manta Madness
Marvellous Manta Madness at the Seychelles Natural history Museum in a collaboration between the Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF) Island School Seychelles and the Manta Trust. With an excited room full of kids and teachers from two local primary schools the morning was spent focusing on mantas.
Wind Walking in Palau 1/3
Landing on a pitch-dark runway after thirty hours travelling is not the most exhilarating way to start fieldwork. Yet under the following morning’s sunshine Palau submerged all my senses in an exploding canvas of lush greens and crystal blues that is hard to fathom.