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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? […]

Myanmar Manta Exploration: doing our best to be a modern day Jacque Cousteau

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Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand Tofo Beach Volunteer

By Anna Flam   As part of my job I often dive the same sites repeatedly. I always laugh a little when divers complain they’ve been to Giant’s Castle in Mozambique or Bida Nok in Thailand two times already! Yea, I’ve been there over two hundred.     Repeatedly diving a reef is necessary when […]

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 […]

Meet The Team: Dr. Fabrice Jaine

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Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand Tofo Beach Volunteer

  What is your role at MMF? I am a senior biologist working with the Manta Ray Team in various research projects aiming to enhance manta ray knowledge and conservation. I am also lucky to lead some of the incredible Ray of Hope Expeditions to manta hot spots around the globe.   When did you […]

Exploring Mantas on the Wild Coast

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Behaviour Conservation Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action

Dubbed as the greatest marine migration on Earth, the Sardine Run occurs between May and July every year along South Africa’s Wild Coast, when millions of sardines and other bait fish travel up the coast from the Agulhas Bank in the Cape to Mozambique. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy attracting an incredible variety […]

Uncovering Thailand and Myanmar’s manta ray populations

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

By Anna Flam   We just returned from our Ray of Hope Expedition to Thailand and Myanmar, which was filled with spectacular manta ray diving.   Whilst Thailand has an established tourism and diving industry, Myanmar remains comparatively undeveloped, and often difficult to access. It is on a promising trajectory however, especially since ending nearly […]

Ecuador 2014 field season

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Conservation Ecuador Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Uncategorized

by Katherine Burgess and Giles Winstanley   It’s that time of year again! From June-October the waters off mainland Ecuador host the largest subpopulation of giant mantas in the world, and the Marine Megafauna Foundation is fortunate enough to have a field research site right in the middle of it all, Isla de la Plata. […]

The Ecuador Ray of Hope – a Trip of Juxtapositions, but definitely most of all, HOPE!

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Behaviour Conservation Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Sea Turtles Uncategorized

by Libby Bowles   Having organized Andrea’s Ray of Hope expeditions for the past 2 seasons from our MMF office in Casa Barry in southern Mozambique, I was, for the first time, desperate to leave Tofo and get over to Ecuador.  I had a fair idea of what to expect from my trip to Ecuador […]

A New Year for MMF

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Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions

It was a snowy cold start to the new year for me and Janneman in the United States. We had traveled all the way to California’s famous Lake Tahoe for the Marine Megafauna’s first annual board meeting. Having only officially become a 501c3 charity organization last year in the USA, our newly appointed board met for […]

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