The crew at Camel Dive Club have recorded 15 sightings of Giant manta rays (Manta Birostris) during the month of May. We are now creating our own sightings database to help us discover if we see the same individual more than once. This was initiated by Dr Andrea Marshall of Marine Mega Fauna in Mozambique, who came to stay with us last Summer.
Andrea believes the mantas in Sharm el Sheikh are juveniles. 2-3 metres may sound big to you and me but Andrea is in contact with adult mantas daily which get up to 7 metres wing span!
We encourage anyone who has taken photos of the belly of a manta in the Red Sea to forward their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Each individual has their own markings under the gill slats which is like a fingerprint. Already we have discovered that some return each year.