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Whale Shark Woes

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Conservation Field Notes Indonesia Marine Biology Microplastics Plankton Research in Action Shark Science Whale Sharks

By Elitza Germanov   I study the impacts of plastic marine debris on large filter-feeding fish. So far my research has been focused on manta rays, in field locations that have predictable, year-round aggregations. But the story is different for whale sharks. In my current research locations, I would be extremely lucky to catch a […]

Record-breaking citizen science in Raja Ampat

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Field Notes Indonesia Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Volunteer

By Steph Venables   Masks on. Regs in. On my count, one, two, three, go!   It’s hard to beat the excitement just before a dive, especially if it’s a survey dive at a manta aggregation site. Will we see mantas? How many? Will they stick around? Will they be new individuals, or old favorites? […]

Meet the Team: Elitza Germanov

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Indonesia Manta Rays Marine Biology Microplastics Research in Action

Having worked with MMF’s manta ray team since 2014 as a student researcher, Elitza (Ellie) Germanov tells us a bit more about herself…   What is your project about? Forming the basis of my PhD, the Microplastics and Megafauna project looks at the implications of microplastic pollution on large plankton-feeders such as manta rays and […]

Microplastics & Megafauna on the Road

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Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Marine Biology Microplastics Volunteer

One of the perks of being a marine scientist is spending time out in nature encountering marine life. However, taking a break from the field and gathering with other marine scientists to talk about results and updates from research is just as much fun as it is important. That’s exactly what brought our Microplastics & […]

Greetings from manta ray paradise

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Behaviour Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action

MMF scientists Rob Perryman and Steph Venables have been based in the heart of the coral triangle in Raja Ampat, Indonesia – diving some of the most stunningly biodiverse reefs in the world – for most of the last three years. Raja Ampat means ‘four kings’ in Bahasa Indonesia and the four main islands certainly […]

Microplastics & Megafauna in the Land of the Dragon

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Plankton Research in Action

By Elitza Germanov   Plankton nets, sample tubes, scuba gear and underwater camera equipment accompanied me on my way to Labuan Bajo, the jump off for Indonesia’s famous Komodo National Park (but not without a stop at the access baggage fee counter).   The mission? Assessing the state of microplastic pollution in the manta ray […]

Meet The Team: Stephanie Venables

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Mozambique Research in Action Tofo Beach Volunteer

After volunteering with MMF for over two years, Stephanie Venables has just enrolled as a PhD student and has big plans…   What is your background? I was born in the UK, but at 9 years old moved to Western Australia with my family – something I’ll never be able to thank my parents enough […]

New Research Beginnings and Inspiring Marine Ambassadors

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Research in Action Volunteer

By Elitza Germanov   MMF’s SE Asia researchers have settled in at our new home in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. After our good friends from the Aquatic Alliance, who for several years had piloted conservation initiatives in the area, invited us onboard to advise and help manage future conservation strategies, we have hit the ground […]

Here’s to more Manta Mania in Indonesia!

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Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Research in Action Volunteer

By Kalina Grabb   After completing my dive master in Komodo National Park two years ago, I have been itching for a reason to return to Indonesia and dive in these beautiful waters again. Recently completing my undergrad in earth science and oceanography, I was hoping to find an opportunity to dive and learn tangibly […]

There be dragons…and mantas!

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Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Research in Action

Going home to Komodo National Park with Ellie Germanov   The end of the year brought a change of pace for me compared to the previous few months spent in Perth starting my PhD and preparing for the field season. For example, in November I was fortunate to be part of the Aquatic Alliance and […]

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