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Archive for February, 2015



All aboard, the Manta Express

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Behaviour Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Research in Action

By Rob Perryman   We don’t want to make you jealous, but what an incredible month it’s been here in Raja Ampat. The MMF team have observed stunning displays by hundreds, literally, of reef mantas. In the last four weeks alone we’ve encountered 357 individuals, and we’re still counting!!     It seems that mating […]

The “Creature Feature” that Packs a Punch!

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Despite only being 3 – 18cm, the peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is one of the ocean’s most aggressive predators, packing the hardest and fastest punch in the animal kingdom. Mike Tyson watch out!!     Commonly called the “thumb smasher”, peacock mantis shrimp have raptorial appendages shaped like clubs that strike prey at the […]

Ellie talking trash!

Written by Marine Megafauna Foundation

Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Mozambique Research in Action

  Current marine debris studies have widely focused upon larger plastic items that impact marine species through entanglement, ingestion, and suffocation, leading to debilitation or death. But what about microplastics? How do these little pieces of plastics less then 5mm in size affect filter feeding megafauna like manta rays?   Our newest PhD candidate, Elitza […]

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