The Manta Trust works to conserve manta rays through research, awareness and education.
They work all over the world to study and identify manta ray populations
Anyone who has photographed a manta anywhere in the world can contribute directly to their global research and conservation by submitting images and sighting encounters though a portal on their website: Contribute your Manta Images
They need images that best show the spots on the underside of the manta ray – this is how they identify individuals. With a growing database of individuals it is becoming possible to give you feedback about your sighting and a history of the individual.
The Manta Trust recently contacted me about a video compilation I posted featuring whale sharks and manta rays filmed off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This lead to me submitting several dozen images of mantas from my collect to add to their research and database.
Karen Fuentes, Project Leader for Mexico, was so pleased with my images that she awarded me a Manta Certificate. I get to name one of the mantas I encountered in Mexico.
My manta is a Male and I chose the name Atarau – the New Zealand Maori word for Moonlight
Here is information about their project in Mexico:
I will be encouraging my guests on the whale shark trip to take manta id photos if we are so lucky as to find them again this year!
I will be posting my results from Mexico starting July 13th so please follow my social media
More of my manta and whale shark images Image Gallery