Conservation through Research, Awareness and Education

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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.

Beautiful Laamu

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. 

© 2015 Manta Trust