Conservation through Research, Awareness and Education

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Week Two of Manta Summer 2017!

Our volunteer project isn’t just about mantas. Along with our research trips the team spends time planning and implementing education and outreach activities. Today we primarily focussed on the Isla’s turtle population and split into two teams; day and night to promote education and awareness.

Manta Summer 2017: Happy to be back in the ocean!

Saturday 1st July marked the official start of the Mexican Caribbean Manta Ray Project 2017. We have an awesome bunch of volunteers spanning 4 nationalities and 5 countries. We’re all primed and ready for life in the Mexican Caribbean with plenty of epic manta ray action along the way.

From the heart of Europe to the middle of the Indian Ocean

Just over a month ago, I packed up my bags and exchanged my office job in the capital of Europe for three months of diving with manta rays in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Promoting Manta Ray Conservation in the UAE

The Laamu Manta Ray project has been going from strength to strength and in 2016 we have exceeded our expectations both in research and outreach.

Baa Atoll Marine Education Program for local students

Waste management is one of the biggest challenges the Maldives is currently facing. In our last Baa Atoll Marine Education Program for local students class, we visited the Waste Management Center of Baa Atoll Maalhos for the practical class of the Waste topic with Kamadhoo School students. 

August celebrations, manta style

August is a time for celebration here on Diamonds Resort Thudufushi: it is halfway through the year which means it’s time for a holiday, school is out for the summer and friends are reuniting and catching up.  As a Brit, I had no idea that this month’s festivities were anticipated so much; August, and more specifically the celebration of Ferragosto is, to put it bluntly, a pretty big deal! 

Manta Passion Expedition – Maldives July-August 2016

Turtles? Sharks? Pretty corals? “No, thank you…we’re just crazy for mantas!”  On the 31st July we boarded the “MY Virgo” boat for what was going to be an incredible adventure: 10 days of sheer manta madness! The trip was designed for manta “obsessed” people, for those who never have enough of staring at these creatures as they glide through the water and was aimed to encounter as many of these charismatic giants as possible!

Maldives, the manta rays paradise

It was the beginning of April when I received the great news from the Manta Trust Maldivian team that I had been chosen to join them in the first period of the manta season in Maldives (June-August). I just couldn’t believe it. I knew this was a really competitive position every year and being part of the team would be an honour. In less than 2 months I would be volunteering in one of the most wonderful places in the world.

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!

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