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THE CYCLONE


MEMBER’S HUB

Welcome to the Member’s 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

 IN THE FIELD

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


 
 

MEMBERS UPDATE

Isabel heads to Bali, and Julie Hartup gives us an insight into how she became a manta biologist - check out our inaugural Members Update!

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SHORT FILM - MY MANTA CYCLONE

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!

 
 
 

 
 

FEATURED RESEARCH

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.


 
 

EYES ON THE REEF PROJECT

OVERVIEW

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, experiment.com.

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 This video was originally made for a crowdfunding campaign on experiment.com.

 
 

PROJECT UPDATES - COMING SOON


 
 
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BEHIND THE SCENES

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


 

BLASTS FROM THE PAST

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

CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGERY

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.

 
 

MEMBER’S PERKS

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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MANTA ADOPTION PACK

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.

 
 
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THOUGHTS & Feedback

Have you got a question for us about The Cyclone? Do you have any feedback you’d like to share? Or maybe you have an awesome idea for a new feature or piece of content you’d like us to bring to community!

Whatever your thoughts, please drop us a message through the form below - we’d love to hear from you!


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