Conservation through Research, Awareness and Education

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Manta Cruise Expedition 12 -21 November 2015

Another fantastic expedition in the remote Maldivian northern Atolls aboard the Manta Cruise. Many the highlights of the last Manta Trust expedition of 2015 including an hour long night dive with seven feeding frenzy mantas dancing in front of our eyes (and sometimes slapping our heads).

Manta Mania 2016!

For one week the Manta Trust and Manta Ray Bay Resort will host ‘Manta Mania’!  The annual event that brings together leading manta ray and conservation scientists with divers, passionate about learning and conserving the marine environment. 

Manta Trust hit the 25th Birmingham Dive Show!

The last weekend in October marked the 25th Dive show at Birmingham’s NEC, and of course the Manta Trust team were there; armed with stickers, cuddly mantas (AKA Bubbles) and gorgeous new designer merchandise, we were ready to inform and engage the public in our favourite animal.

Introducing the Bird’s Head Seascape Manta ID Database

Teaming up with the Bird’s Head Seascape website and Conservation International we are excited to announce the launch of our online Bird’s Head Seascape Manta ID database: a visual and interactive platform that invites you to meet the manta rays, follow our work, and contribute towards manta research.

The Manta Experience at Thudafushi, Maldives

At the end of September The Maldivian Manta Ray Project ran an educational, informative and fun 3 day event “The Manta Experience” at Thudufushi Beach Diamonds Hotels and Resorts.  Events such as this aim at involving all interested in assisting in the continued preservation of manta rays through awareness, education, hands-on participation in the field and good old-fashioned fun!

Baa Atoll Marine Education Programme joins the mantas!

The Baa Atoll Environment Education Programme set to the water this week in a practical class orientated towards engaging students in what lies just beneath the waters of the beautiful turquoise haze of Hanifaru Bay.

Message in a (plastic) Bottle

I will always remember the first pier dive I ever did, it was in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, The Philippines. I had been told that it would be a very different dive, a dive to remember, so I eagerly got kitted up. As soon as my head was under the water I can only describe what I saw as a huge tip. Why had I been brought here? Rice bags were flapping with the swell, caught on suffocating corals, old ropes strewn aound, glass bottles, wrappers everywhere. It was horrific…..

Baa Atoll Marine Education Programme for local students – MoU signing ceremony with Kamadhoo School

We are very excited to announce the launch of the new Environment Education Programme in Baa Atoll: The 17th of October saw the Baa Kamadhoo School formally sign-up with The Manta Trust for a 1 year marine biology and environment education programme developed for students in grades 8,9 and 10.

Counting mantas – how many so far!

Collectively our  projects contain approximately 10,000 individuals on record at present.  Our largest database is the Maldivian manta ray ID database which consists of 3,884 individuals to date.

Thailand Manta Project Underwater Clean Up

On Saturday 26th September 2015 international groups of divers, dive centers and boat operators in Phuket got together to clean one of Phuket’s favorite dive destinations, Racha Yai island. 

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