In 2017, in addition to our genetics study looking at the connectivity between the Maui and Big Island mantas (which is almost complete), we will be working collaboratively with Murdoch University on a comprehensive population trend analysis to understand if our manta ray population is growing or declining and how quickly. This is a critical step for effectively managing this population.
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Meet “Slice”, an adult male manta that we see once every 4 years (2008, 2012 and November 5, 2016). Here we obtain his unique photo-identification and a size estimate using paired-laser photogrammetry (9.5 feet from wing tip to wing tip).
Our time here in the #maldives has come to and end. We want to say shukuriyyaa, thank you, #mahalo to the management and staff @sixsenseslaamu for their fantastic accommodations and hospitality, to Marc and Petra of @oceandimensions for supporting our research efforts with @mantatrust and to Beth, Adam and every new friend we have made while here at beautiful #laamu #atoll (at Islas Maldivas - Six Senses Resort)
Heading out on our final dive with @mantatrust @oceandimensions and the GM of @sixsenseslaamu Marteyne Van Well 😊 what an awesome time we’ve had working with everyone and lots of data collected on the local population of #mantaray here at Laamu Atoll #mantapoint (at Six Senses Laamu)
Yesterday, at #MantaPoint, Adam of @MantaTrust set our #GoPro to see what we would capture. A spectacular 20 minute #video, here’s a peek to share with our #HAMER followers, thank you again to @oceandimensions and the crew for taking us out for our daily research dive (at Six Senses Laamu)