Raa Atoll Adventure
During the last manta season, the team based on Landaa Giraavaru, Baa Atoll in the Maldives went on an expedition to the neighbouring atoll of Raa. Divers from other atolls seldom visit Raa and since there is only one resort in the atoll, there is very little data on any local manta-spotting sites. The aim of the excursion was to explore some of the lesser-known manta cleaning and aggregation sites……in this weeks blog, Moosa tells us more. I woke up abruptly to the sound of my alarm going off at six in the morning. On any other day, I’d be irritable and unhappy with waking up at such an ungodly hour.
Manta Trust and the charismatic marine species workshop in the Philippines
This week Shannon, our Project Leader in the Philippines tells us all about the fun and games during the successful charismatic marine species workshop held for members of the community. Back in October I joined the team from the Large Marine Vertebrates Project (LAMAVE) in their workshop on charismatic marine species and stranding response training held in Mindanao.
Ever wondered what a manta tag is and why we use them? Well this week Grace, our Seychelles Project Manager gives us a little insight into her work tagging and monitoring the manta population in the sunny Seychelles and introduces us to a friend she made along the way. It’s December, and that means our 2nd field trip to the Save Our Seas Foundation – D’Arros Research Centre (SOSF-DRC), in the Seychelles, is underway!
The Manta Trust in 2013 – A Year in Review
What a year it’s been! As we approach our second birthday and enter our third year as a charity, Manta Trust Founder, Guy Stevens, reviews the major events, success stories and milestones that dominated our calendar in 2013. 2013 has been a great year for the Manta Trust and for manta conservation, most notably because of the successful listing of manta rays on Appendix II of CITES.
Raya’s month with mantas!
Our latest blog comes from Raya who joined the Manta Trust team in Baa Atoll to learn more about the mantas of the Maldives. With plenty of manta action, Raya tells us about her once in a lifetime experience swimming with these gentle giants. It has been almost three weeks since I joined the Manta Trust team and believe me it has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made! So where do I begin?
Returning to Paradise
This week we return to the Maldives to hear from Annie about her unexpected return to the Maldives. With only a few more weeks until the end of the season, there’s still plenty of manta action in north Male… This summer I was lucky enough to spend 2 months in the Maldives, studying the social behaviour of the manta rays of Baa Atoll as part of my MSc. After 9 incredible weeks of hanging out and filming the mantas sadly it was time to return to rainy England and finish my studies….but little did I know that I would be returning to paradise so quickly!!!
Back in Birmingham for DIVE 2013!
This weeks blog comes from Danny, as he tells us about the Manta Team’s successful weekend in Birmingham NEC at DIVE 2013!! Time sure does fly! It’s crazy to think how this time last year, a collection of the Manta Team assembled from around the world to set up our first little stand in a wee corner of the NEC exhibition hall.
The life of a Project Manager
As we near the end of this year’s manta season in Baa Atoll, we take a look at what it’s like to work in this unique corner of paradise. Today’s blog is from Niv, our Project Manager over in the Maldives, as he looks back at his experience……It was over two years ago that, almost by chance, I first moved to the Maldives to work as a marine biologist on a small island surrounded by one of the richest and most beautiful oceans on the planet. Immediately I was captivated by the amount of life found just beneath the surface and I realised it was the place I belonged.
Can do, Kendhoo
In this blog we hear from Alyssa our newest Maldives volunteer who joins us from Australia. Protecting mantas effectively is about way more that simply researching them and this was proven to Alyssa as she joined the Maldivian Manta Ray Project’s Assistant Manager Moosa for an ‘educational’ day! In the northern part of Baa Atoll lies Kendhoo, a lovely local island of which today I had the pleasure of visiting with Moosa, our Maldivian manager. With a recent lull in manta sightings and a complete absence of the elusive whale shark I was excited to be doing something a little different, just for a day.
Manta Mayhem in North Male!
Today’s blog is another from Tania, who you might remember from our previous posting (17th September). Just last week Tania’s manta dreams came true as she witnessed something truly unique while out on the dive boat…What’s the best way to start a new month? Well, if you are a Manta Trust volunteer, and a “manta-addicted” person like me, maybe you would like to start the month by seeing a lot of manta rays and getting good ID shots…sounds good, right?