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Welcome to the Members’ Hub! This area serves as the eye of the storm for The Cyclone community, where members can find our in-field updates, browse our behind the scenes content and membership perks, and communicate directly with the Manta Team.

Our goal is to grow and develop a community of manta-lovers that support and participate in efforts to conserve these gentle giants. We have a [plank]tonne of ideas for the future of The Cyclone, including new content and features so we can better engage with you - so don’t be surprised if this area evolves and changes over time. If you have any ideas or feedback about The Cyclone, please get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page. We would love to hear from you!

Reef Manta Ray Mass Feeding Event 1, Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives © Guy Stevens, Manta Trust (E).jpeg


Join us In the Field for the latest news, media, and stories from members of the Manta Team around the world.


This month, Flossy Barraud, who has been heading up our education programme for the last two seasons, tells us how she got involved, and what the programme hopes to achieve. We then meet Jamie from the Thailand Manta Project to find out what her project has been up to recently.


June saw the world, including our manta researchers celebrate World Ocean’s Day. Find out what our team go up to on this day dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty and threats to the oceans. We are also back this month with our series of ‘Meet the Team’ and this month we’d like to introduce you to Gui from Brazil.

Our Manta Trust researchers based in Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives take us on an exclusive behind the scenes tour and show us what their typical working schedule looks like. We then have a bittersweet story of Babaganoush. You may remember this manta from last year when we reported the sad news he had been struck by a speed boat. Click on through to see how he is getting on, and how his case fits into the wider conservation picture.




Around the world the Manta Team are conducting exciting research to learn more about the mysterious lives of manta rays. Over the coming months we’ll be showcasing updates from a featured research project, so that you can follow the journey from start to finish, and experience the successes and challenges along the way.




The Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) wants to know if manta rays use reef habitats differently when divers/snorkelers are present, as well as deepen our understanding of how temporal scales affect manta activity. Underwater time-lapse cameras will provide new insight into manta behaviour and habitat use, so that we can provide vital scientific guidance to Maldivian communities, businesses and the government; ultimately helping them to protect the local manta population on which their economy depends.

Learn more about the background behind this project through the following page on crowdfunding platform,

Simon Hilbourne, Research Officer for the MMRP, introduces the Eyes on the Reef project. This video was originally made for a crowdfunding campaign on





In this latest update, Simon talks us through the finished camera rigs he’s been able to build through this crowdfunded project, and takes it out to a popular cleaning station in Baa Atoll to test it and showcase some of the initial video data it’s bringing to the surface.

Filmed & Edited by Danny Copeland.

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Browse our growing archive of content made available exclusively for Cyclone Members from our network around the world!





Stefany Rojas, Project Leader for the Peru Mobulid Project, shows us the highlights of a recent Manta Festival she held with local collaborators in Los Organos - a coastal community located in northern Peru, whose waters house one of the largest populations of oceanic mantas in the world.


2018 has been an INSANE year for manta and megafauna activity in Baa Atoll, Maldives! Danny Copeland, our Media & Communications Manager, has been working with the Maldivian Manta Ray Project to capture footage of the manta madness. In this short film, Danny recounts his most memorable experience whilst in Baa - being enveloped by a ‘mega’ manta cyclone!

Filmed & Edited by Danny Copeland (October 2018).




The following is a selection of clips and videos from the Manta Trust Video Archive. They include interviews and segments from past documentaries we’ve featured in, news-pieces focusing on our work, as well as in-house content that various members of the Manta Team have made over the years.

We hope you enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with us, and gaining an insight into our earlier work.


Measuring Laamu’s Mantas (2016) - 6 Weeks in 6 Minutes

A short film featuring Dr. Mark Deakos and the team from the Maldivian Manta Ray Project’s base at Six Senses Laamu, as they work together to accurately measure the size of the mantas in Laamu Atoll.

Filmed & edited by Beth Taylor.

BBC News (2011) - Manta Rays of the Maldives

Underwater cameraman and journalist John McIntyre joins the Manta Trust team in the Maldives in 2011. John interviews the Manta Trusts Founder, Guy Stevens, who talks about the importance of research as a valuable tool in achieving effective conservation measures.


Project MANTA (2011) - In a Perfect World


From the 2011 documentary film, Project MANTA. In this segment, Manta Trust Founder & CEO, Dr. Guy Stevens, and Dr. Robert Rubin from the Pacific Manta Research Group (a MT Affiliate Project), discuss the increasing threat of fisheries to manta rays.

Permission granted by Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd.

Project MANTA (2011) - An Amazing Encounter

From the 2011 documentary film, Project MANTA. In this segment, Manta Trust Founder & CEO, Dr. Guy Stevens, tells the story of a particularly special encounter with a Maldivian manta ray.

Permission granted by Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd.



As a small thank you for joining The Cyclone, we’re offering a few perks to members of the community.

These perks will change and be added to over time, so watch this space!

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Claim your free Manta Adoption Pack!*

*Available to members on monthly plans of £20 or higher, and any members who have made an annual recurring donation.



Get a discount on Manta Trust merchandise through our members-only site!

Oceanic Manta Ray, Manta birostris, Roca Partida, Revillagigedos Archipelago, Mexico © Guy Stevens, Manta Trust 2015.JPG

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Reef Manta Ray Mass Feeding Event 2, Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives © Guy Stevens, Manta Trust (O).JPG