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The Pirates of the Maldives: the torment of Raa

Blogs… most are written to give the world (the people that actually care to read them) a mundane update on someone’s life. This is not a blog but the saga of a savvy crew that sailed out to the infinite pelagic ocean in the quest to find an elusive underwater winged sea creature; this is the tale of the Pirates of the Maldives, the torment of Raa!

Hungry mantas, our first ever Oceanic & reaching the BIG 100!

This year is different for me for many reasons – firstly I began my time in Maldives in Thaa Atoll, setting up a brand new & exciting manta project with COMO by Maalifushi, to find manta & whale shark aggregation sites. Once this was established, I handed over the research to the amazing Tam Sawers & equally awesome newbie Maeesha Mohamed (our first ever female Maldivian employee!) and made the move south, back to my ‘home away from home’, Six Senses Laamu.

Success aboard the Blue Shark II

Another great expedition in the Maldives aboard the Blue Shark II! A two weeks trip that took us across half of the country venturing all the way to the very far north of the Maldives. We visited 8 different atolls and dived untouched and pristine sites.

Getting the Measure of Our Gentle Giants

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to meet a manta ray in person, probably one of the first thoughts that crossed your mind was “wow, this thing is pretty big”. I know it was one of mine, possibly coming just moments after “MANTA RAYYYYYYYY!!!”. And as it turns out, ‘pretty big’ is a pretty apt description for a manta ray. 

Plenty more fish in the sea?

Today marks one month into my research placement with the Maldivian Manta Ray Project. Although I’m almost halfway through my placement here, it still feels like I only just stepped onto the jetty. It’s been a fantastic month – full of new experiences and friendly faces.

Whale Shark Festival 2015

The third annual Whale Shark Festival in South Ari Atoll this year began with a ScienceFEST event. The idea is to create a platform to give short presentations about research findings, project updates and other science related news and information from various NGO’s working in the Maldives.

My time as a volunteer in Maldives

When I first arrived in the Maldives, I didn’t realise how much time I
would spend underwater… 

A Typical Day Exploring the Unexplored

Sitting 220 kms southwest of the capital Male’, Thaa atoll (locally known as ‘Kolhumadulu’) is remarkably unexplored with pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. The mesmerizingly beautiful series of 66 tiny islands that make up Thaa Atoll are surrounded by spectacularly clear water with underwater wonders and beauty yet to be discovered.

A snap shot of a Manta Expedition

The first 2015 Manta Expedition on board the MY Duke of York has been a fantastic success!

Manta Ray Resurgence

Here at the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP), 2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for manta rays. Not only are we celebrating the 10th anniversary of the project but we are also experiencing one of the most exhilarating starts to a season in recent history.

© 2015 Manta Trust