Behind the scenes with the Churaumi Aquarium Mantas
This week Mandy, Project Leader in Palau takes us on a behind the scenes tour of the Churaumi Aquarium. My Okinawa visit was hosted by the Palau Pacific Resort, who have been a sponsor of our Palau manta ID project, and Mr. Shirou Wakui, a well-known Japanese TV personality and environmentalist who has been involved with the design of the Churaumi Aquarium.
Row Upon Row – An update from the fisheries of India
Despite the numerous conservation successes achieved for manta rays over the last few years, the same cannot be said for their smaller mobula cousins. Today we hear from Mohanraj of the latest numbers coming from two major fisheries in the Gulf of Mannar. Investigating manta and mobula fisheries is a far less luxurious venture than studying the living populations by scuba diving in the paradise-spots of the world.
Yap Update: Deakos, databases & managing a Pacific Wales!
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.