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We are super happy to share that our partner @misoolecoresort & @misoolfoundation in Indonesia won the World Travel and Transport, Tourism for Tomorrow award @misoolecoresort: "We won! Misool and Misool Foundation just won the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Environment Award in Bangkok! This award celebrates the tourism operator whose work improves bio-diversity, promotes conservation, minimises use of scarce resources, and develops mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change. With over 200 applicants from 73 countries, we’re elated to win today! Marit Miners collected the award on behalf of the whole team at Misool and Misool Foundation. Thank you to our incredible team, the communities in South Raja Ampat who give us the ability to protect Misool’s incredible marine resources, to our partners whose ongoing belief in our vision has allowed us to achieve great things and of course to you, our guests. This is just the beginning. Thank you all. WildAid Conservation International Mission Blue Shawn Heinrichs BlueSphere Foundation Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) Vulcan Inc. MacArthur Foundation Seacology Manta Trust Indonesian Manta Project The Nature Conservancy Walton Family Foundation World Travel and Toursim Global Summit - Thank you for allowing us to share our mission on a global scale!" (via #InstaRepost @EasyRepost)
When you're out in the field getting as many manta ID pictures you don't often have the time to take artistic shots for yourself. However @tomburd has been showing us some absolute gems taken during his manta trips with @diamonds_athuruga in the Maldives This is AdriAngela, a subadult male who is often seen barrel-rolling like mad in central Ari Atoll and who stayed with Tom for over an hour on this occasion! Just look at his huge mouth gulping down all the plankton-rich water! #manta #mantaray #research #conservation #Maldives
We're jumping for joy here at Manta Trust, as 4th April brought the news that ALL international trade in mobula rays comes under strict trade controls enforced and tracked by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)! Last year during CITES CoP 17, the landmark decision to include all mobula rays in CITES Appendix II was made. Basically this means that countries must prove the trade in mobula gill plates is sustainable and not detrimental to the survival of the species (pretty tricky considering how few offspring they give birth to during their lives). We were incredibly happy with the initial decision at CoP17 last year, so this confirmation of the ruling is the icing on the cake! Photo credit: Jesus Omar Avila from @mantamexicocaribe #LoveMiniMantas #CITES #CoP17 #mobula #manta #devilray #oceanoptimism #marineconservation #research
Part of our wider mission is to protect and conserve the habitats in which manta rays live and are crucial for their survival - coral reefs. Unfortunately this beautiful global ecosystem is under threat and corals have a great way of showing they are sick or dying - they turn a ghostly white through a process called 'bleaching'. @tomburd, one of our researchers in Ari Atoll, Maldives, captured this shocking image, showing the extent of the bleaching on a reef in the Maldives. #manta #coralreef #research #conservation #Maldives #underwaterphotography #uwphotography
It's International Day of Happiness! Nothing brightens up our day more or makes us happier than swimming with and collecting vital data about these gentle giants. #internationaldayofhappiness #manta #mantaray #research #conservation #Maldives
Shark & ray ecotourism around the world is booming. We want to ensure it is safe and sustainable, to help protect these vulnerable animals and the livelihoods of the people that depend on them.⠀ ⠀ So to get things started this #WorldWildlifeDay, we've teamed up with @wwf and @projectaware to create the world's first Guide to Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism! (link in our bio).⠀ ⠀ The Guide provides FREE, practical, downloadable tools to help tourists, operators, and governments ensure their shark and ray tourism operations follow best practices. ⠀ ⠀ It's up to us - divers, snorkelers & tourism operators - to take action to protect sharks and rays!⠀ ⠀ #ResponsibleSharkRayTourism #SharkRayTourismGuide⠀#sharks #rays #mantas #mantarays #tourism #tourists #ecotourism #responsible #safe #sustainable #oceans #marinelife #loveminimantas #research #conservation #awareness #education #extinction #scuba #scubadiving #snorkel #freediving #diver #holiday #animals #nature
Photo by @tomburd. A magical moment, as a reef manta glides around a member of our boat crew to chow down on the mysid shrimp floating at the surface.⠀ ⠀ This was such a good day. Manik is a member of the awesome boat crew at Athuruga Island. He gets to see mantas pretty often when he takes guests out to find them, but only ever from the boat. All he ever sees is a strange black blob gliding around at the surface.⠀ ⠀ Last week, the team in Ari Atoll were treated to glass-calm, clear, blue water for the first time in an age. The perfect conditions were enough to sway Manik to jump in and see what all the fuss is about - and thankfully Manta 3925, Michila, was all too happy to glide by and say hello. :)⠀ ⠀ Taken with @diamonds_athuruga ⠀ ⠀ #mantaray #manta #Maldives #magic #snorkel #education #awareness #snorkeler #oceans #blue #glass #calm #animals #sharks #rays #coral #reef #marinebiology #conservation #marineconservation #science #research #shrimp #AriAtoll
Photo by @dannyunderwater. A black oceanic manta glides above a freediver, as she swims below to capture an all important ID image. Taken near Santa Maria in the Azores archipelago.⠀ ⠀ Compared to other parts of the world, we know so little about the oceanic mantas of the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. The Azores are one of the few places in the region where sightings of these elusive leviathans are consistently reported, but normally only during a short seasonal window during the summer months.⠀ ⠀ Rarer still is it to see a black morph oceanic manta (aka the stealth bombers) in this part of our oceans. So you can imagine how stoked we were when the Manta Team jumped in the water, during our #LoveMiniMantas media expedition last August, to spend over an hour swimming alongside this friendly giant! Ana Sobral of @mantacatalogazores told us it was one of only a few that had been reported in the Azores after spending several years at the islands!⠀ ⠀ #manta #mantaray #minimantas #loveminimantas #Azores #underwater #oceans #blue #stealthbomber #scuba #scubadiving #snorkel #freediving #conservation #science #research #education #awareness #experience #encounter #ecotourism #underwaterphotography #marineconservation #marinebiology #marinelife #seas #deep
Photo by Guy Stevens. A reef manta ray glides overhead at The Dome dive site, Palau.⠀ ⠀ For many generations, mantas and mobulas have been known around the world as the 'devil rays'. The name derives from the shape of the fins on the animal's head. When mantas aren't feeding, these cephalic fins are typically wrapped up to make their body more hydrodynamic when moving through the water. The wrapped-up fins give the appearance of horns, which is how they became associated with the devil - that and their impressive size would've been quite intimidating and scary back in the day!⠀ ⠀ We've learnt so much since mantas gained this name, but it's still kind of ironic that one of the gentlest and least harmful creatures in the ocean became associated with the embodiment of true evil. ⠀ ⠀ #mantas #mantafacts #mantaray #oceans #blue #sea #marinelife #marinebiology #history #devil #scuba #scubadiving ⠀ marineconservation #conservation #research #awareness #education #animal #fish #STEM
Happy Valentine's Day folks! We don't say it enough, but thank you for your all your love over the years, and for supporting us in our efforts to protect the oceans we care about, including one of its most charismatic inhabitants. Oh and yeah....we wish this photo was real too.⠀ ⠀ #mantas #love #valentines #valentinesday #allthefeels #oceans #blue #mantaray #sharks #passion #conservation #marineconservation #scuba #scubadiving #photoshop #education #research #awareness #marinebiology #STEM
Photo by @tomburd. An octopus perches itself on a lump of rock, as a reef manta glides overhead at a local cleaning station in Ari Atoll, Maldives.⠀ ⠀ At Moofushi Bojamhadi, one of the main cleaning stations in Ari Atoll, the mantas understandably get most of the attention from visiting divers. It's easy to forget that the reef itself is teeming with other forms of life, especially when you're spending most of the time looking up at the gentle giants gliding overhead.⠀ ⠀ Recently though, this cheeky cephalopod stole the show! Mantas are awesome, but keep an eye out - you never know what other awesome ocean critters might be sitting [literally] under your nose. Taken with @diamonds_athuruga ⠀ ⠀ #octopus #mantaray #manta #coralreef #reef #oceans #blue #plankton #conservation #research #scuba #scubadiving #Maldives #diving #snorkeling #tropics #underwater #underwaterphotography
Photo by @lisarandale. Several reef mantas swoop and somersault around each other as they feed on a patch of copepods, Felivaru Giri, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives. Mantas need to chow-down on a lot of zooplankton because...well, they're big animals, eating small food! As a result, they utilise a lot of cool feeding behaviours to maximise how much plankton they can catch. One of the most entrancing is the somersaulting (or barrel-rolling) behaviour. When a manta finds a small, dense patch of plankton, they can't stop mid-water to feed on it. Their solution is to swim up and over themselves in a loop, often somersaulting several times before moving onto another patch. It's awesome to watch just one manta exhibiting this behaviour, but when you get several, it's as if you're witnessing of the greatest underwater ballets in all of our oceans. Photo taken with @hurawalhi and @prodiversmaldives #mantarays #MantaFacts #manta #rays #oceans #sea #science #marinebiology #conservation #blue #research #Maldives #Lhaviyani #sharks #biology #STEM #education #awareness #water #animals #fish #scuba #scubadiving #reef #snorkeling #freediving #underwaterphotography
Photo by @lisarandale. A female reef manta glides past near Vavvaru Reef in Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives. This is Vinnie, codename MA-MV-1308. She's an adult reef manta that we recently encountered in Lhaviyani Atoll last week. She is a trans-atoll manta, as we have seen her in Raa Atoll as well as Lhaviyani. But the most interesting thing about Vinnie is that, whilst she is clearly a large adult measuring in at 3.3m wide, we don't know if she is sexually mature yet. She has no visible mating scars. These black or whites smudgey-looking scars are found on the top side of the left wing, and are caused by the tiny teeth of a male when he holds onto her during mating. They are a dead giveaway that a female is sexually mature, but Vinnie has none at all - pretty odd for an adult of her size! Photo taken with @hurawalhi and @prodiversmaldives #mantarays #MantaFacts #manta #rays #oceans #sea #science #marinebiology #conservation #blue #research #Maldives #Lhaviyani #sharks #biology #STEM #education #awareness #water #animals #fish #scuba #scubadiving #reef #snorkeling #freediving #underwaterphotography
Photo by Guy Stevens. An oceanic manta swoops in for a close-up view during a dive around The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, Pacific Mexico. The Revillagigedo Islands are arguably THE best place to encounter oceanic mantas (Manta birostris) in the world. These mantas are famous for their friendliness with visiting divers, often spending hours hanging around the sea mounts and rocky outcrops around these islands. We're running an expedition to the Revillagigedo Archipelago in December this year, and we've just had two spaces become available due to cancellations. On this trip, we'll be working with our partners at National Geographic Crittercam to deploy a new wave of cameras onto the oceanic mantas, to see what they get up to when they're not swimming with divers. If you're interested in joining us, visit our website, or visit http://bit.ly/2iONwxF specifically for more information. #mantas #mantarays #Socorro #Mexico #Pacific #oceans #amazing #blue #sharks #diving #scuba #scubadiving #research #NationalGeographic #crittercam #conservation #science #STEM #expedition #holiday #adventure #vacation #sea #marinebiology #marineconservation
It's that time of year again! We are accepting applications from hopeful volunteers, wishing to join the Maldivian Manta Ray Project for 3 months during the country's main manta season! This is a highly competitive and coveted opportunity for any aspiring marine biologist. There are no costs for this position, with the exception of your own international flight, and any pocket money. Internal transfers, and full room and board are covered by the MMRP. Check out the link in our bio for the full details. We're only accepting applications until 23:59 on 6th February 2017 - so get your applications in whilst you still can! #mantas #mantarays #mantatrust #volunteer #ecotourism #research #experience #oceans #internship #marinebiology #marineconservation #Maldives #Hanifaru #science #STEM #snorkel #freedive #scuba #scubadiving #coral #reef #plankton
Photo by Beth Taylor with @sixsenseslaamu. A reef manta feeds on zooplankton near the surface, in the shallows around Gaadhoo Island, Laamu Atoll, Maldives. The past few days, Beth and Adam from our team in Laamu atoll have been treated to some truly special manta encounters - mantas feeding at the surface! Now that might not sound like anything special. But here's the thing...we've been studying the mantas in Laamu for a handful of years now, and almost all of our sightings take place at a cleaning station known as Hitadhoo Corner. To find a group of mantas somersaulting and feeding at the surface near Gaadhoo island, and to get to spend a few hours with them, is a pretty big deal down in this part of the Maldives! #mantarays #mantas #mantamonday #maldives #islands #paradise #blue #oceans #conservation #research #awarness #education #STEM #marinebiology #water #scubadiving #scuba #underwaterphotography #marineconservation #sharks #coral #reef #rays #fish
Photo by Guy Stevens. Researchers collecting samples of zooplankton near mantas feeding around D'Arros Island, Amirantes, Seychelles. Why would we collect zooplankton? Well, it's pretty obvious really - to get an idea of what mantas like to eat! Food plays such a key role in their lives, and thus understanding their diet fills in a major piece of the puzzle that is their ecology. Combined with other research methods like ID photos, tissue samples and tagging, we can build up a picture of why mantas go where they go and do what they do - all critical information if we want to know how best to conserve them. How does one do a plankton tow? Well....basically tow a big ol' closed bag through the water, and whack the gunk at the bottom in a test tube. Not much else to it! #manta #mantarays #plankton #Seychelles #research #conservation #education #awareness #mantafacts #pristine #blue #coral #reef #coralreef #marinebiology #marineconservation #oceans #boat #science #STEM
Photo by @tomburd, with @diamonds_athuruga. Elin, a large reef manta, glides overhead, as a line of divers look on from the edge of the cleaning station. A lot of folks don't realise that the best way to have an awesome interaction with a manta, is to sit back, relax, and let it come to you! Moving slowly and calmly at the surface when snorkeling, or remaining stationary at the edge of the reef / hovering over any coral beneath when diving, is what we recommend in our research-backed Tourism Code of Conduct. Mantas are naturally curious and inquisitive animals, and more often than not they will repeatedly come close to divers/snorkelers to check you out - just like Elin did on our NYE dive at Moofushi Bojamhadi. #MantaFacts #manta #mantarays #Maldives #AriAtoll #oceans #blue #coral #coralreef #reefs #cleaningstation #education #awareness #conservation #research #scuba #scubadiving #underwaterphotography #marinebiology #seas