Manta Trust

Manta Trust @mantatrust

As a charity, we co-ordinate global efforts to research & conserve mobulid rays & their habitats. Find out how to swim with mantas here

Swimming With Mantas: Step 4 You should approach the manta from their side, giving them a clear path ahead. Photo by  @dannyunderwater  Illustration by  @rebeccacarterart
Swimming with Mantas: Step 3 When swimming with mantas, remain still and let them come to you. Photo by @shawnheinrichs Illustration by @rebeccacarterart
They say you are what you eat and our Associate Director, Josh Stewart, has been putting this to the test! Working in collaboration with a group of research institutes and conservation organisations (see below), he has been investigating the feeding ecology of five mobulid species (manta and mobula rays) that are landed at sites in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Peru. Understanding what drives feeding and competition among this vulnerable group of species can help us develop strategies to prevent bycatch. ⠀ ⠀ The team discovered that species shared a greater dietary overlap in low-productivity areas like the Philippines, and a lower overlap in the highest-productivity regions like Peru. It burns a huge amount of energy for these filter-feeding rays to drive themselves through the water once they open their mouth, so they need to ensure that the pay-off in food in worth it. It could be that in areas where prey densities are lower, competing species end up feeding on the same food as they are all seeking out prey available in high enough densities to be energetically profitable. Conversely, in high productivity regions where there is plenty of available prey, different sized mobulids can take advantage of their unique traits (deep divers, thermal tolerance, etc) to feed on their preferred foods, rather than being constrained to one high-density prey item. This helps to explain why multiple species of mobula and manta are captured in the same nets in some regions, like the Philippines, whereas the different species are landed in different locations and times of year in other regions, like Peru. To find out more read the newly published paper: Trophic overlap in mobuld rays: insights from stable isotope analysis ⠀ This work was led by @joshstwrt in collaboration with the @MantaTrust, The Semmens Lab at @scripps_ocean, @lamaveproject, @planetaoceano, @blueresources, and @marinemegafauna
Swimming with mantas: Step 2 Splashing and noise can scare mantas away, so you want to approach the manta as quietly as possible. Photo by @tomburd and illustration by @rebeccacarterart
Swimming with mantas: Step 1 Enter the water no closer than 10 meters / 33 feet from the manta ray. Photo by @mantaguy Illustration by @rebeccacarterart
We are excited to present a new website dedicated to sustainable manta tourism:⠀ ⠀ Few experiences can top diving or snorkelling with a manta ray. Growing manta tourism is raising the value of a live manta, providing an incentive for many communities to protect, rather than fish, these creatures. So, by going out to swim with a manta, you are helping conserve one of the ocean's greatest treasures! But mantas are very sensitive to disturbance, and if left without proper measures, tourism has the potential to do more harm than good. If it is to really benefit wildlife, it needs to be sustainable. So we have developed the first guidelines for manta encounters that are validated by scientific studies.⠀ ⠀ Our new, dedicated website includes a 10-Step Guide to swimming with mantas plus an educational film, a growing list of tourism operators that are committed to sustainable manta tourism and more. We hope to equip operators and tourists with the information they need, to make their excursions truly sustainable for the gentle giants we all know and love. For more information see the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ We would like to thank @carlfbucherer and the @fsmaldives for their support of this initiative.⠀ ⠀ #SwimWithMantas #PADI
Have you seen Racing Extinction yet? If not it's high time you did! It's a shocking film about the natural world, highlighting the greatest mass extinction in 66 million years; a mass extinction caused by human impact. It is of course distressing but the film is beautifully shot and full of inspiring stories and people. One such story it documents is the successful effort to include manta rays on the CITES Appendix II list of protected species and one of the passionate people involved in making the film is photographer Shawn Heinrichs, one of our Associate Directors.⠀ ⠀ Reposting @racingextinction: ⠀ ...⠀ "💙🌀"You must not lose faith in #humanity. Humanity is an #ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty" -Gandhi 📸: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation #conservation #manta #serenitysunday #mantalove"
Photo by Guy Stevens. Calling all young artists! We are accepting entries for a competition to win a family ticket to Dr. Seuss's The Lorax show at the @oldvictheatre in London. ⠀ Children entering the competition must be age 6-12 and email us a photo of their manta art, created to highlight the threat of plastic pollution in the oceans, by next Sunday (8th October). This manta art could be a poster, painting, sculpture, costume... the more creative the better! Include in the email to info the child's name and age. A winner will be revealed the following week.⠀ ⠀ The Lorax show is packed full of songs and has an important environmental message. A Family Ticket is made up of 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. This Family Ticket can be used for any evening performance from 18–28 Oct (excluding Tue 24 Oct).⠀ ⠀ #manta #mantaray #art #thelorax #oldvictheatre #london #theatre #visitlondon #drseuss #plastic #plasticpollution #oceans #underwaterphotography #charliefink #noahandthewhale
Photo by Guy Stevens. Sleek and stripy, chevron barracuda form a swirling, menacing, shoal in the waters of Fushi Kandu, Laamu Atoll, Maldives.⠀ ⠀ These notorious fish are long, lean hunting machines that have swum the oceans for around 50 million years. With muscular, streamlined bodies, they can dart through the water at speeds of up to 25 miles / 40 kilometers per hour in pursuit of their prey. Using razor sharp teeth they make quick work of shredding any unfortunate fish, squid or crustacean they catch.⠀ ⠀ Despite their fearsome reputation, incidents of barracuda attacking humans are extremely rare and most likely caused by poor visibility. Barracuda may mistake things that glint, such as watches and jewellery, for the shiny scales of their desired prey.⠀ ⠀ #barracuda #fish #maldives #mantatrust #underwaterphotography #diving #scuba #travel #oceans
Photo by @kaninaharty An inquisitive manta ray closes the gap between itself and the camera, closely followed by an entourage of tiny companions.⠀ ⠀ Manta rays are attracted to the ocean surface to feed on the the plankton that aggregate there, as are many species of small fish. By seeking shelter beneath much larger animals, shoals of little fish can feed safely hidden from the view of hungry, predatory birds above. With their enormous wingspan, manta rays make excellent bird shields!⠀ ⠀ @mantamexicocaribe⠀ ⠀ #mantaray #manta #mantatrust #mexicocaribbean #fish #oceans #underwaterphotography #travel #mantamonday #monday
Reposting @carlfbucherer: ⠀ ...⠀ "Last month we had the chance to head over to the Maldives with scientists and journalists to study the beautiful Manta Rays in their natural environment. The expedition highlighted the dangers these giant creatures are facing every day. We are proud to support the action of @mantatrust to create a sustainable future for the Mantas.⠀ ⠀ #CarlFBucherer #Lucerne1888 #ScubaTec #WatchMyManta"
Photo by Isabel Ender. Under the Manta Trust Global Mobulid Conservation Programme, we have joined forces with the Mobula Project Indonesia. We are collecting data on shark and ray landings from key locations around the world, as well as conducting socio-economic surveys with fishermen. Here you can see the local team leader Vidlia interviewing a fisher in Muncar, Indonesia. Socio-economic insights help us to better understand the underlying drivers and incentives for fishing mobulids, identify potential sustainable alternatives and develop actions through which NGOs can assist communities in transitioning away from mobulid fishery.⠀ ⠀ #mantatrust #mobulaprojectindonesia #indonesia #muncar #mantaray #manta #mobulid #shark #ray #conservation #java #ocean #marineconservation
Manta rays are sometimes called devil rays because of the horn-like appendages on their head. These are actually cephalic fins. Unfurled, they are large paddle-like structures which touch in the centre to form a complete funnel around the mantas mouth. They are used by the mantas when feeding to help them channel their planktonic prey into their mouths.⠀ ⠀ Reposting @oceancollectivemedia: ⠀ ...⠀ "A close up shot of the underside of a Manta Ray as it rolled underneath us on the Ningaloo Reef"⠀ ⠀ #mantaray #manta #mantamonday #devil #devilray #devilhorns #horns #mantatrust #monday #ningalooreef #ningaloo #ocean
Photo by Guy Stevens. Hungry manta rays swoop past snorkelers in the pursuit of plankton in the clear blue waters of Hanifaru Bay, Maldives.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Are you obsessed with mantas? Do you never tire of diving with these gentle giants? Does your heart beat faster every time a manta swims above your head? Do you dream about spending hours and hours with these majestic creatures, while actively helping protect them and learn more about their mysterious lives? Then October's "Manta Passion" expedition is MADE FOR YOU!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Join Manta Trust experts on a mission to find manta feeding aggregations in Ari Atoll in the Maldives and experience the wonder of immersing yourself amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants. Guests will even get the opportunity to participate in cutting edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ For more information contact expeditions⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #mantapassion #expeditions #epicadventures #mantarays #maldives #manta #HanifaruBay #obsessed #scuba #scubadiving #diving #underwaterphotography #mantatrust #gentlegiants #adventuretime #adventure #travel #ocean #holiday #conservation #marinelife #marineconservation #vitaminsea
Photo by Isabel Ender. Far off the beaten track in southeast Java is the city of Muncar. Known for its extensive shark and ray fishery, it is one location in Indonesia that we will be surveying under the Manta Trust Global Mobulid Conservation Programme. The Manta Trust has joined forces with Mobula Project Indonesia to collect data on shark and ray landings in Muncar. This will provide us with a better understanding of the target and bycatch fishery and important data to advise governments on improving the management of these incredible species.⠀ ⠀ #mantaray #manta #indonesia #java #muncar #mobulid #shark #ray #conservation #mantatrust #mobulaprojectindonesia #ocean #fishingboats #fishing
Photo by @beths_gone_diving The lucky explorers aboard the MV Theia, for this August's Manta Expedition with Dune Maldives, were treated to a spectacular dance performance by Susi on their last dive.⠀ ⠀ During manta expeditions, guests get the opportunity to experience and participate in cutting-edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals. Manta Trust scientists collect photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition - a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to participate in. All new manta rays are added to the Maldivian Manta Ray Project database and guests are invited to name these new mantas. Every manta sighting is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals.⠀ ⠀ Visit our website to find out about future expeditions and how to book.⠀ ⠀ #MantaMonday #adventure #mantaray #manta #mantaexpeditions #mantatrust #maldives #underwaterphotography #adventuretime #scuba #scubadiving #travel #holiday #bucketlist
It’s big animal season in the Savu Sea and the ocean is teeming with life. The incredibly productive waters of this spectacular region in eastern Indonesia attract all kinds of charismatic marine life including: blue whales, sperm whales, killer whales, whale sharks and many other species of sharks, dolphins, dugongs, pilot whales, mantas and moubula rays. Historically, the Savu Sea has been a regional epicenter for hunting manta rays. Under the Manta Trust Global Mobulid Conservation Programme, we have joined with the @Misool.Foundation, @IndonesianMantaProject and their partners to learn more about their programs in this megafauna hotspot, and the threats that mobulids may continue to face from fisheries in this region. We are adding our support to help further their long-term goal of the project to foster community driven conservation, through conducting scientific research, raising awareness and empowering local communities.⠀ ⠀ @ShawnHeinrichs #IndonesianMantaProject #MisoolFoundation #MantaTrust #ShawnHeinrichs #whaleshark #mantaray #manta #shark #indonesia #savusea #oceans #underwaterphotography #marineconservation
Reposting @natgeo: ⠀ ...⠀ "Photograph by @thomaspeschak A school of Clarion angelfish removes parasites, dead skin and mucous from a oceanic manta ray. This species of "Cleaner fish" is endemic to the #Revillagigedo archipelago marine protected area, 240 miles south of Baja California. A critical initiative to expand this marine reserve, to further benefit large marine species like manta rays that roam vast distances is currently underway. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards focused on marine conservation successes. Please #follow @mantatrust and @maresmexicanos to learn more about the conservation of manta rays in Mexico's western seas. #mexico #baja #manta #diving #conservation"
We are super excited to join forces with the @IndonesianMantaProject, @ShawnHeinrichs, and their network of Indonesian Partners, as we strive to further shark and ray conservation in Indonesia. Under the Manta Trust Global Mobulid Conservation Programme, we are adding our support to the development of the Indonesian Ocean Pride campaign. Using powerful imagery and storytelling, and the support of national celebrities, this campaign seeks to foster a culture that intrinsically values the conservation of marine resources and their conservation. Local ambassadors and champions help to raise awareness about Indonesia’s rich marine life and encourage local communities to engage in conservation efforts.⠀ ⠀ @Misool.Foundation #IndonesianOceanPride #IndonesianMantaProject #MantaTrust #ShawnHeinrichs #Indonesia #mantaray #manta #whaleshark #shark #underwaterphotography #marineconservation #conservation #inspiringphotography #oceans
Happy #InternationalWhaleSharkDay ⠀ ⠀ Reposting @thomaspeschak: ⠀ ...⠀ "The waters around the northern Galápagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf harbor the greatest shark biomass in the world, they are also regularly visited by gargantuan whale sharks 30 feet plus in length. Last year I spent two weeks documenting these incredible waters on a joint @darwinfound @saveourseasfoundation and @natgeo expedition. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel #allyouneedisecuador"