Conservation through Research, Awareness and Education

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Manta madness is back!

It’s that time of the year again; the 2016 manta season is here and we’re off to a strong start with some of our old manta friends back in town.

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.

Blast from the Past!

Whilst the Manta Trust have been intensively surveying the wonderful resident reef manta rays of Laamu since 2014, initial identifications began over 4 years ago!

May Manta Month in Mexico!

In Playa del Carmen we celebrated May as month of the elasmobranch species that includes of course mantas and mobula rays! 

Seeking giants in the Deep South onboard the Manta Cruise

Back to Male, back to the civilization at the capital city of the Maldives after two weeks spent diving in the wild south of the country in search of gentle giants, onboard the Manta Cruise, a trip organised in collaboration with 26 Atolls.

First steps in New Caledonia

Early at the beginning of 2015, in association with local dive centre, Kuendu Dive Safari, a new Manta Trust project started in Touho, New Caledonia. Touho is a small village, on the North-East coast, 4 to 5 hours drive from Nouméa (the main city), with around 3,100 inhabitants (11,2 inhabitants/ km²).

Exploring the Deep South of Maldives

Constellation Fleet Maldives teamed up with the Manta Trust and brought guests the chance to dive with, and learn from, its manta ray and marine biology experts during our most recent expedition. Not only did guests dive with the best guides, they experienced and took part in cutting- edge conservation research undertaken by the Manta Trust in order to protect the most majestic of the Maldives’ marine animals.

Countries agree on actions to protect migratory sharks and rays

Last week marked a great milestone as close to 40 governments agreed to set new conservation priorities and enhance protection for migratory shark and ray species during the second meeting of the signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOU), held in Costa Rica.

Perfect Palau

Our Co-Founder and Chief Exec Guy Stevens joined other researchers on a research trip to beautiful Palau! Everyone had fantastic dives every day with Mandy Etpison of the Palau Manta ID Project who showed off the wonderful mantas she has been researching.

Yap Manta Mania 2016

Thirty years ago, Manta Ray Bay Resort (MRBR) and Yap Divers introduced the scuba diving world to Yap’s resident manta ray population.  Since then, Yap’s manta ray family has been shared with scuba divers from all over the world. This exposure has often landed Yap’s manta rays on the covers of scuba diving magazines and travel destination articles.

© 2016 Manta Trust