Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) at Dharavandhoo Thila, Maldives

Protecting Mantas

Reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) at Dharavandhoo Thila, MaldivesEfficient protection of a creature depends upon how much we know about it. The recent separation of the genus Manta into two different species allows governments and scientists to make direction choices that are relevant based upon their differing lifestyle histories.

For instance, fishing bans that are national or regional might completely protect a population similar action in a location where the more transient oceanic mantas are seen might only provide a short term safety in one region of the species’ habitual range. (more…)

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Manta Ray

Mantas at a Glimpse

The word ‘Manta’ comes from the Spanish word for ‘Cloak’ and they are known as En Madi (small fish eating ray)in the Maldivian language. Both these terms are very descriptive but what do we really know and just as importantly, what do we need to discover about these massive fish?

Quick Fact: The planet ‘s largest fish, the whale shark, is a relative of the manta ray.

How many different types of Manta are there?

The Mobulidae family, which includes Manta’s consists of 11 species of plankton eating rays and within the facility there are two genera, Mobula and Manta, which have much in common but there are significant differences in life history between the two. All these are important as they have different implications for the direction and conservation of those species to notice. (more…)

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