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Diving into our First Research Expedition

The morning sun sneaks a glimpse over the palm trees making the sky run pink.  The wharf is at full capacity with the fishermen preparing their boats for a day on the water. The groundskeepers are raking the white sand on the beaches in rows of perfect arches, getting ready for the hundreds of tourists that flock daily to get their own little taste of paradise.

Biosphere Reserve – Practical: Field Trip to Baa Atoll Bathalaa Island (MPA)

Bathalaa Island along with its house reef, both channels and islands next to it were declared a Marine Protected Area in June 2012.  As part of the Biosphere Reserve practical class, we took 20 students from Kamadhoo School Gr.8, 9 & 10 on a field trip to Bathalaa Island. It was the first time for the students to visit this MPA and everyone was very eager and excited!

Moosa’s back with the Mantas!

After a year of travelling across the Maldives looking for surf, Moosa is back with the mantas at Six Senses in Laamu Atoll.  Hopefully the mantas of Laamu Atoll will give Moosa a warm welcome…. 

Manta fun at Huraa School

Manta Trust was invited to Huraa School in North Male atoll on Monday the 25th of July, to spend the afternoon with the grade 1, 2 and 3 students, and talk about all things manta! The students piled into the lecture room, excited to learn about the giant ray that was pictured on the screen in front of them.

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).

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