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A Guide for Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism

From The Manta Team

The Manta Trust, Project AWARE, and WWF have joined together to bring the world’s first “Responsible Shark & Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice.”

Understanding the Ocean Giants

By Josh Stewart, Manta Trust Associate Director

As I snorkel in the warm, blue waters off the coast of Mexico, my eyes are peeled for ocean giants. Kicking in the mild current, an underwater landscape impossibly dramatic unfolds beneath me; I have a bird’s eye—or fish’s eye—view of peaks rising out of the depths, and cliffs that plunge hundreds of meters straight down into apparent nothingness. From everything I’ve seen previously, this should be a veritable hotspot for oceanic manta rays; the topography is right, the season is right, cleaning stations abound on the rocky reefs, but where are the mantas?

World Class Diving and a Unique Partnership

Over the past years, the unusually consistent annual sightings of manta rays in Laamu Atoll have been intriguing The Manta Trust Team. But what makes manta aggregation sites in Laamu and more specifically the nearby resort of Six Senses so special?

A Decade of Studying Maldivian Mantas

This month we celebrate ten years since the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) was formed; ten years that have seen a great deal of achievements, challenges, people, important discoveries, and unforgettable moments.

Manta Trust Expeditions – Come Join Us!

As part of our mission to raise awareness and provide education on manta ray conservation, the Manta Trust has teamed up with regional eco-minded tourism operators to provide ‘Manta Expeditions’.  We have expeditions in six countries including our first to Mexico linking with our new exciting project in this region.

What are Manta Rays, Who are the Manta Trust, and Why Should You Care?

by Josh Stewart and Danny Copeland
Manta rays are fascinating fish. They are easily up there with Great White Sharks, Blue Whales and Orca as one of the most charismatic animals in our oceans…or have you never heard of them before? Check out our overview to manta rays, the threats they face and the work of the Manta Trust.

CMS CoP11 – A Guide to a Big Week for Mobulid Conservation

by Danny Copeland (Media Manager) & Isabel Ender (Head of Conservation Strategy)
Today marks the start of what we hope will be another game-changing week for manta and mobula ray conservation. Check out our guide to CMS 2014 and what it means for manta and mobula rays.

Understanding Ocean Giants

By Josh Stewart, Manta Trust Associate Director

As I snorkel in the warm, blue waters off the coast of Mexico, my eyes are peeled for ocean giants. Kicking in the mild current, an underwater landscape impossibly dramatic unfolds beneath me; I have a bird’s eye—or fish’s eye—view of peaks rising out of the depths, and cliffs that plunge hundreds of meters straight down into apparent nothingness. From everything I’ve seen previously, this should be a veritable hotspot for oceanic manta rays; the topography is right, the season is right, cleaning stations abound on the rocky reefs, but where are the mantas?

Seasons of Change

By Guy Stevens, Manta Trust Chief Executive/Founder and Katie Brooks, Manta Trust Trustee

Lying close to the equator and within the doldrums, the Maldives rarely experiences any severe weather events.  However, the Maldives has two distinct monsoons (seasons) a year which shape the prevailing weather patterns and drive the ocean currents.  This year in the Maldives the winds of change did not blow as expected, reducing productivity and significantly affecting the resident population of manta rays…

Baa Atoll, Maldives

By Guy Stevens, Manta Trust Director

In June 2011 at the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO’s) ‘Man and the Biosphere Program’ in Dresden, Germany, the entirety of Baa Atoll in the Republic of Maldives was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. World Biosphere Reserves are places where conservation, research and development successfully interconnect…

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