Baa Atoll Marine Education Program for local students
August celebrations, manta style
August is a time for celebration here on Diamonds Resort Thudufushi: it is halfway through the year which means it’s time for a holiday, school is out for the summer and friends are reuniting and catching up. As a Brit, I had no idea that this month’s festivities were anticipated so much; August, and more specifically the celebration of Ferragosto is, to put it bluntly, a pretty big deal!
Manta Passion Expedition – Maldives July-August 2016
Turtles? Sharks? Pretty corals? “No, thank you…we’re just crazy for mantas!” On the 31st July we boarded the “MY Virgo” boat for what was going to be an incredible adventure: 10 days of sheer manta madness! The trip was designed for manta “obsessed” people, for those who never have enough of staring at these creatures as they glide through the water and was aimed to encounter as many of these charismatic giants as possible!
Maldives, the manta rays paradise
It was the beginning of April when I received the great news from the Manta Trust Maldivian team that I had been chosen to join them in the first period of the manta season in Maldives (June-August). I just couldn’t believe it. I knew this was a really competitive position every year and being part of the team would be an honour. In less than 2 months I would be volunteering in one of the most wonderful places in the world.
Diving into our First Research Expedition
The morning sun sneaks a glimpse over the palm trees making the sky run pink. The wharf is at full capacity with the fishermen preparing their boats for a day on the water. The groundskeepers are raking the white sand on the beaches in rows of perfect arches, getting ready for the hundreds of tourists that flock daily to get their own little taste of paradise.
Biosphere Reserve – Practical: Field Trip to Baa Atoll Bathalaa Island (MPA)
Bathalaa Island along with its house reef, both channels and islands next to it were declared a Marine Protected Area in June 2012. As part of the Biosphere Reserve practical class, we took 20 students from Kamadhoo School Gr.8, 9 & 10 on a field trip to Bathalaa Island. It was the first time for the students to visit this MPA and everyone was very eager and excited!
Moosa’s back with the Mantas!
Manta fun at Huraa School
Manta Trust was invited to Huraa School in North Male atoll on Monday the 25th of July, to spend the afternoon with the grade 1, 2 and 3 students, and talk about all things manta! The students piled into the lecture room, excited to learn about the giant ray that was pictured on the screen in front of them.
Manta madness is back!
Meeting the Maldivian Mantas
The sun was setting over the Indian Ocean, and the sky was going dark as I flew in over the Maldivian archipelago for the first time. The moment my plane touched the ground, my 3 months working for the Maldivian Manta Ray Project had begun. My time in the Maldives was to be spent collecting photographic data on the resident manta ray population, while being based out of a tiny picturesque island called Kuda Huraa.