manta ray

Aug. 07/12

A big thanks to Austin Williams for raising over $2,000 through the sale of his funky t-shirt designs. Austin combines his creativity and passion for the ocean to create unique humorous t-shirts with a serious message.

Dive T-Shirts supports Project AWARE’s Mantas at Risk Campaign and this month’s favourite tee is ‘What Manta?’ said Austin.

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Jan. 13/12

Manta rays are so popular with divers and snorkelers that a single animal can 'earn' more than US$ 1 million over its lifetime for local eco-tourism, according to a new report issued by the Manta Ray of Hope Project. MORE

Nov. 28/11

Project AWARE is thrilled that Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) reached agreement last week in Bergen, Norway to list the globally threatened giant manta ray under CMS Appendix I and II.

The listing obligates CMS member countries to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their key habitats, and encourages concerted global and regional action among all Range States to conserve the iconic species.

The manta ray listing was proposed by Ecuador. MORE
Nov. 15/11

Diving with the majestic manta ray is an eco-tourist’s dream come true that may soon be experienced only by viewing pictures and videos of the shark family’s graceful giants.


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group (SSG), based at Simon Fraser University, has added the Giant and Reef manta rays to its Red List of Threatened Species.

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So here’s my first weekly eco blog about diving around Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida!! This week I dived at the new manta point and was delighted to see a new young manta ray there but was soon disappointed when I noticed it had fishing line attached to its right pectoral fin and trailing down it’s back. The manta was still and alone when I saw it and I tried to approach slowly hoping to be able to cut the wire so it wasn’t trailing – I couldn’t get close enough though and the manta slowly swam out into the blue.

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So here’s my first weekly eco blog about diving around Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida!! This week I dived at the new manta point and was delighted to see a new young manta ray there but was soon disappointed when I noticed it had fishing line attached to its right pectoral fin and trailing down it’s back. The manta was still and alone when I saw it and I tried to approach slowly hoping to be able to cut the wire so it wasn’t trailing – I couldn’t get close enough though and the manta slowly swam out into the blue.

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Blue Guru conducted its 2nd season of the Whale Shark Program in 2011. We very much hoped to repeat our success from 2010 of spotting a previously unrecorded whale shark. Last year we snorkeled twice with a 5-6m whale shark at Richelieu Rock. The 7 participants of the program recorded data & took photographs, which were submitted to Project AWARE's Whale Shark Project database, run in conjunction with the Shark Trust, and Ecocean's photo library. It was the first time this particular shark had been recorded in either database. How exciting!

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I've been working on developing a database of the manta rays around Nusa Penida - it's free and open access to all on Facebook - Manta Ray Database - Nusa Penida. If anyone has any pictures of the manta rays together with the dates of their sighting please upload your pictures to the Facebook page! I already have lots of repeat sightings and the next step is to find out if our manta rays are traveling and where to!! Watch this space and my weekly dive blog to find out more about the manta rays, the reefs around Lembongan and my latest news!

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