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Special Itineraries 1; Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks – North

May 30th, 2015 Comments off

Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks – North (outward trip)

Join Emperor Atoll for these awesome special trips to the North of Maldives:

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Atolls Visited

These special itineraries have been chosen to run when the manta are most prolific between August and October.

Boarding your liveaboard in Male, you head north to begin your safari ending in Baa Atoll (Hanifaru Bay) where you catch a flight back to Male.

Your journey begins with wreck diving at Gaafaru Atoll, continuing on to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Noonu with an abundance of grey reef sharks, exciting channel diving, beautiful coral formations and pinnacles brimming with life.

Baa Atoll is home to Hanifaru Lagoon where you can snorkel with the manta and whalesharks that come to feed on the plankton in this shallow lagoon. Of course, sightings can’t be guaranteed but joining us at this time of year means your chances are really high! Baa Atoll is also home to many pinnacles, overhangs and alternative manta sites.

You can combine this itinerary with the Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs – South itinerary, which is the return trip but calling at different sites, making an exciting two week safari covering eight atolls. Contact us for details and prices.

Please note: This itinerary is at the Cruise Director’s discretion based on the weather and current conditions to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whaleshark.

You don’t need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

Experience Maldives Manta Rays

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

Dive the Maldives. Experience mantas like never before and take part
in key conservation research

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Manta feeding frenzy in Maldives

Constellation Fleet Maldives has teamed up with Manta Trust to bring guests the chance to dive with manta experts, Niv Froman and Guy Stevens. Not only will guests dive with the best, but there will be the chance to experience and take part in cutting-edge conservation research to protect these most majestic of animals as well as name new mantas.

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Orion on the way to a new diving cruise in Baa, Rhasdhoo and Ari Atoll

30th August – 6th September 2015
Manta Madness, Male, Baa Atoll and Ari Atoll
Trip leader: Niv Froman

Join Constellation Fleet’s MV Orion and the Manta Trust’s Niv Froman on this trip dedicated to sightings and interactions with manta rays, focusing on the Central Atolls of North Malé Atoll, Baa Atoll and North Ari Atoll.

27th February – 7th March 2016
Southern & Central Atolls Sharks & Mantas
Huvadhoo, Laamu, Thaa, Meemu, South Ari Atoll
Trip Leader: Guy Stevens

Join Constellation Fleet’s MV Orion and the Manta Trust’s Guy Stevens. Dedicated to sightings and interactions with manta rays, focusing on the Southern & Central Atolls with the chance to really understand the magnificent manta.

Manta Trust scientists will be collecting photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition, a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to take part in. Sightings of all the manta rays encountered will be added to the Maldives database and guests will be invited to name any new individuals. Every manta sighting, whether it’s a new manta or a re-sighting of an individual which is already known, is an important piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle, allowing the manta team to better understand the population size, composition, migratory routes, reproductive output, native ranges and areas of critical habitats; all of which is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals.

About The Manta Trust
Manta rays are among the most charismatic creatures that inhabit our oceans. With the largest brain of all fish their intelligence and curiosity make encounters with these creatures a truly amazing experience. However, despite their popularity with divers and snorkelers many aspects of these creatures’ lives remain a mystery, with only snippets of their life history understood. More worryingly, in recent years, a fishery for these animals has developed with devastating effects on populations of these animals globally.

The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for these animals, their close relatives and their habitat. As charismatic megafauna, manta rays act as the flagship species helping to promote and engage the general public in the wider message of marine ecosystem conservation. Through this top down approach to conservation the manta ray becomes the catalyst for change, engaging and motivating the general public, governments and local communities alike. As a UK Registered Charity, the Trust brings together a number of projects from around the globe, both new and long-standing, including the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Indonesia. By conducting long-term, robust studies into manta populations in these locations the Trust aims to build solid foundations upon which Governments, NGOs and conservationists can make informed and effective decisions to ensure the long term survival of these animals and their habitat.

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Trip Leader, Niv Froman
Join Niv’s entertaining talks on the highlights of manta lives and cutting edge research, and gain an insight into the life of a manta researcher.

Niv has been passionate about nature for as long as he can remember; his dream has always been living in close contact to the wilderness and to try to understand its fascinating mysteries.

After graduating summa cum laude in Natural Sciences at the University of Milan, Niv completed a Masters degree in Environmental Management focusing primarily on animal behaviour and evolution.

In 2010 he began work as a marine biologist in the Maldives, an experience that brought him closer to marine life and developed his passion for the underwater domain.

The complex and still poorly understood behaviour of manta rays particularly intrigued him from his first encounter. It was the desire to better understand their biology and help the conservation effort that introduced him to the Manta Trust. Since 2013, Niv has worked full time as Project Leader of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, managing and coordinating the conservation and research of these majestic creatures.

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Trip Leader, Guy Stevens
In 2005 Guy founded the Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) with the aim of helping to conserve the Maldives’ manta population through active research and education.  In 2011, Guy formed The Manta Trust along with a collaboration of scientists, conservationists, photographers, filmmakers and communicators. His work with manta rays now takes him to other corners of the world, but the Maldives for him will always be the best place to see and study these amazing animals.

The research that Guy has conducted on the manta rays of the Maldives, especially in the famous Hanifaru Bay, has been featured in dozens of articles including a National Geographic Magazine feature and numerous television documentaries (BBC, ITV, National Geographic, Animal Planet, ABC, etc). Guy’s research at Hanifaru and his work with The Manta Trust contributed to the declaration of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011. In March 2013 Guy and the rest of the Manta Trust team were key players in a coalition of NGOs which were instrumental in the successful campaign resulting in manta rays being listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), greatly improving the global protection for these vulnerable species.

Guy is now working towards the completion of his PhD focusing on manta rays at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Throughout the expedition, Guy will be providing lectures and informal talks on manta ray and whale shark research and conservation, general marine biology and highlighting the diverse and productive marine ecosystems of the Maldives.

Manta Rays Where and When in Maldives?

March 12th, 2015 Comments off

The Maldives is blessed to be one of the few places in the world where you have a permanent resident population of Manta Rays which move around the Maldives following the their food, the plankton around.  There are believed to be around 5,000 Manta Rays living in Maldivian waters, with the Maldives Manta Ray Project having already identified over 3,000 individuals, constantly increasing with new sightings from their team of Marine Biologists, volunteers and many ordinary tourists such as yourselves. If you would like to assist the Manta Trust and the Maldives Manta Ray Project with their research you can log on to http://www.mantatrust.org/make-a-difference/id-the-manta/ and upload your pictures. Its a great way to find out more about the Manta Rays you have seen, as well as help a worthy cause to help us all better understand the habits of Manta Rays, which should help with their continued protection.

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Manta feeding frenzy in Maldives

So where will you find our beloved Manta Rays in the Maldives you might ask? Well the simple answer is it depends on what time of year it is. As mentioned previously, the Manta Rays migrate following their food. Plankton is moved around by the winds and the currents, so its position is determined by the Monsoons that affect the Maldives each year. The Maldives has 2 Monsoons, the South-west monsoon from May to October, and the North-east monsoon from December to March. April and November act as transitional months where the predominant winds can be pushing from either direction.

So what does this mean for your Holiday in the Maldives?

Liveaboards:
Well if you are wanting to stay on a Liveaboard it usually does not matter as they will alsways try to find you as many Manta Rays & Whalesharks as possible. However as a rule of thumb if you want to see Manta Rays, June to November look for cruises that take you to North Male, Baa Atoll, or South-west Ari Atoll.

If you are looking for Manta Rays December to May, then your best best is to find cruises that will take you to Ari Atoll, which has Manta cleaning and feeding sites year round, which are however most active in the North East Monsoon.

Guesthouses:

South West Monsoon May – October
Aveyla Manta Village
 Baa Atoll is one of the best value for money / budget land based options for finding Manta Rays in the South West Monsoon, with its close proximity to Hanifaru Bay, and surrounding Manta cleaning stations. A brand new establishment with an experienced dive team and fun friendly atmosphere.

North East Monsoon December – March
Casa Mia @ Mathiveri Dive Retreat in North Ari Atoll is a great year round diving destination, and is perfectly situated on the West coast of the Maldives during the North-east monsoon from December – March. In this period Mantas can be seen outside the harbour feeding, and there are numerous great Manta dive sites where you can sit with the Manta Rays for up to an hour while the cleaning wrasse clean then. Like a Manta car wash!

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Manta Cleaning @ Lankan Manta Point, North Male

Moorish Idol

January 27th, 2010 Comments off

Moorish Idol

The majestic Zanclus Cornutus, more famously known as the moorish idol, is one of the most popular fish among saltwater aquarium enthusiasts all over the world. The only member of the Zanclidae family, the moorish idol is commonly sighted in the exotic Indo-Pacific waters. The moorish idol is often mistaken for a butterfly fish, due to some very similar features.

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Moorish Idols

Moorish Idol Habitat

Despite its popularity among aquarium hobbyists, the moorish idol, like most fish, is best suited in its natural habitat, particularly because of the creature’s acute sensitivity to water temperature. Commonly found in depths of 3m to 180m in both clear and cloudy waters, the moorish idol is usually spotted swimming alone because of its tendency to fight with other moorish idols.

Moorish Idol Appearance

Adult moorish idols grow to an average lengy of 4-6 inches, although some can reach up to 9 inches. Its distinct features are a long dorsal fin end with thread-like tip, long snout, three bold black bands over the eye to ventral fins, rear body and on the tail.

Moorish Idol Diet

In its natural habitat, the moorish idol is usually found on flat reefs preying on sponges, tunicates, and other small invertebrates to satisfy its rather indifferent appetite. In captivity, the moorish idol can be a far pickier eater.

Moorish Idol Behaviour Toward Scuba Divers

Moorish idols are quite harmless marine creatures and safe to dive around with.  The moorish idol is not an endangered species and as such is not on the IUCN list  of threatened species.

Marine Biology Diving Holiday with Mary Eichler-Bilek

January 13th, 2010 Comments off

Diving Holiday with Marine Biologist Mary Eichler-Bilek

A very special diving holiday opportunity is available in the Maldives.  On your next diving holiday, why not explore the amazing coral reefs of the Maldives with the expert company and guidance of marine biologists and PADI-Certified Dive Instructors: Mary Eichler-Bilek & Leo Bilek.

This 14-night diving holiday is being held aboard the Carina liveaboard, one of the Maldives’ favourite scuba diving safari ships, which is equipped with everything you will need to enjoy this amazing diving holiday.

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Diving Holiday with Mary Eichler Bilek and Leo Bilek

Last-Minute Diving Holiday

The Carina marine biology diving holiday is being offered at a very special, last-minute price of US$ 2.660 per person for the 14-night trip.  The diving holiday includes all dives, meals, accommodation and the incredible amount of knowledge that you will inherit from these marine biology experts.  There is also the opportunity to take the PADI-Approved Night Naturalist Specialty Course, designed by Mary Eichler herself.

Carina Diving Holiday Route

Proposed Tour Route: This diving holiday is confirmed to leave Male on February 8, travel around the South Male, Felidhu, Ari and Rasdhoo Atolls (weather permitting) before returning to Male on February 22.

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Diving Holiday on the Carina Liveaboard

Special Marine Biology Themed Diving Holiday

This scuba diving holiday is ideal for those who love the ocean and all of its inhabitants. After ten years of diving experience in the Maldives, Mary is an expert in marine biology and she enjoys passing this knowledge on to others during her popular marine biology cruises.  In-depth dive briefings and workshops will be given in English and German throughout the cruise to help participants to see the reefs and their inhabitants in a new light.

Diving Holiday Special Deal

VERY LAST MINUTE price: US$ 2.660 per person.  The diving holiday is confirmed, a few places are still open for booking. Marine biology course can be booked on board (€ 320 per person).

We look forward to diving with you!  To book your space on this very special diving holiday, contact Maldives Dive Travel today!

CARINA – Special Marine Biology Scuba Cruise Dec 21, 2009

Special Marine Biology Maldives Cruise on Carina Liveaboard

Explore the Maldivian reefs under the expert guidance of two marine biologists and PADI-Certified Dive Instructors: Mary Eichler-Bilek & Leo Bilek, Marine Biologists and PADI Instructors on board Carina from 8 to 22 February, 2010.

VERY LAST MINUTE price: US$ 2.660 per person.  The cruise start is confirmed, a few places are still open for booking. Marine Biology Course can be booked on board.

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Proposed Tour Route: This scuba diving safari is planned to leave Male on February 8, travel around the South Male, Felidhu, Ari and Rasdhoo Atolls (weather permitting) before returning to Male on February 22.Furthermore, the route will follow the specific marine life upon which Mary Eichler-Bilek’s marine biology workshops will focus.

Special Marine Biology Themed Cruise

This scuba diving cruise is ideal for those who love the ocean and all of its inhabitants. After ten years of diving experience in the Maldives, Mary is an expert in marine biology and she enjoys passing this knowledge on to others during her popular marine biology cruises.

Carina Side3 Marine Biology Diving Holiday with Mary Eichler Bilek

In-depth dive briefings and workshops will be given in English and German throughout the cruise to help participants to see the reefs and their inhabitants in a new light.

PADI-Recognised Specialty Course Available On Board

A very special feature of this cruise is the opportunity of taking the Night Naturalist Specialty Course, a programme developed by Mary herself and recognised by PADI.

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There is also the option of obtaining the PADI – Underwater Naturalist Certification on Carina during the cruise. This certification carries a fee of EUR 90, which is payable on board .

VERY LAST MINUTE price: US$ 2.660 per person.  The cruise start is confirmed, a few places are still open for booking. Marine biology course can be booked on board (€ 320 per person).

We look forward to diving with you!

Note: You must be able to check in for the cruise no later than 14:00 in Male on the cruise start date and you will have checked out by 10:00 latest on the last day of the cruise.  Take these times into account when booking flights to and from the Maldives.

Winter Sun Holidays 2010

December 1st, 2009 Comments off

Winter Sun Holidays 2010

Winter Sun Holidays are always appealing.  But as the months go by, the nights draw in and the weather gets chillier, the idea of a Winter Sun holiday is more appealing than ever.  After Christmas and New Year, when the buzz of all the holiday season parties has settled down, you’ve opened all your presents and there is no sign of fun on the horizon until Easter at the earliest, life takes on quite a miserable tone.  This is the best time to take a Winter Sun Holiday.

Maldives Island Winter Sun Holidays 2010

Winter Sun Holidays 2010

Winter Holidays 2010 in the Maldives

Lying just north of the equator, the Maldives boasts a gorgeous tropical climate which features two seasons – a wet, “southwest monsoon” season that runs from May to November and then the dry, “northeast monsoon” seasons that runs from December to April, meaning that the best weather in the Maldives coincides with the worst weather in Europe and North America.  Imagine yourself soaking up the gorgeous tropical sunshine, scuba diving and sipping cocktails as the sun goes down while all your friends are trekking to work in the dark every day, scraping the ice off their windscreen and complaining about the weather.  What are you waiting for?

Aren’t Winter Sun Holidays in the Maldives expensive?

Winter Sun holidays in the Maldives can be very expensive.  But the good news is they can also be very affordable.  The Maldives is filled with luxurious, five-star resorts because the government has created a law that all new island resorts must be 5-star establishments.  If you are looking for a cheaper alternative that will still allow you to enjoy a winter sun holiday in the Maldives, you should consider a liveaboard holiday.  Maldives liveaboards are usually chosen by scuba divers looking to cruise around the Maldives, diving at some of the best dive sites in the Maldives, although not all guests are scuba divers.  If you are a scuba diver, you will absolutely love a winter sun scuba diving holiday in the Maldives and if you’re not a diver, you might decide to learn while in the Maldives.

Winter Sun Holiday Offers on  Maldives Liveaboards

There are some great deals on liveaboard winter sun holidays in the Maldives at the moment, including the following:

Winter Sun Holidays on Galileo Liveaboard – from only EUR 756 per person

Winter Sun on MV Orion Liveaboard from just USD 1,680 per person on this brand new luxury super-cruiser

Winter Sun Deals on Dream Catcher II Liveaboard – 1 week scuba diving adventure from only USD $1,218 per person

Winter Sun Marine Biology Tour on Carina Liveaboard only EUR 2,150 per person

Maldives Scuba Diving Holidays 2010

November 24th, 2009 Comments off

Take advantage of Maldives Dive Travel’s BEST PRICE GUARANTEE for Maldives scuba diving holidays in 2010!

Believe it or not, 2010 is right around the corner. With the holiday season approaching at an increasingly rapid rate, you’ll be sipping champagne and setting off firecrackers as the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2010 before you know it!

As you jot down your New Year’s resolutions for 2010 (which are surprisingly similar to those from 2009, 2008, 2007…), spice it up a bit with a Maldives scuba diving holiday!

Most likely, your list will include resolutions such as “Spend More Time with Family & Friends,” “Enjoy Life More,” and “Learn Something New,” all of which you’ll experience during a Maldives scuba diving holiday.

For example, “Learn Somthing New” on the Carina liveaboard, a beautiful ship featuring spacious rooms and lots of shaded areas on its numerous decks. The Carina is offering a special “Marine Biology Cruise” in the Maldives from February 8 – 22, 2010.

Special Marine Biology Maldives Cruise on Carina Liveaboard

Explore the Maldivian reefs under the expert guidance of two marine biologists and PADI-Certified Dive Instructors: Mary Eichler-Bilek & Leo Bilek.

In-depth dive briefings and workshops will be given in English and German throughout the cruise to help participants see the reefs and their inhabitants in a new light. A very special feature of this cruise is the opportunity of taking the Night Naturalist Specialty Course, a programme developed by Mary herself and recognised by PADI. There is also the option of obtaining the PADI – Underwater Naturalist Certification on Carina during the cruise.

Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime Maldives scuba diving holiday here!

Maldives Dry Season

With the 2010 New Year also comes the Maldivian dry season, heralded as the best time to plan your scuba diving holiday in the Maldives.

With the 2010 New Year also comes the Maldivian dry season, heralded as the best time to plan your scuba diving holiday in the Maldives!

Don’t miss out on these special offers for 2010 — Your Maldives scuba diving holiday is right around the corner!

Also, Maldives Dive Travel is the only agency offering guests a BEST PRICE GUARANTEE. So, be confident that you’re getting the best possible prices with Maldives Dive Travel. Learn more about our Best Price Guarantee here!

Maldives Scuba Diving Holidays

MV Orion – Scuba Diving Holidays

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MV Orion Liveaboard

MV Orion Scuba Diving Holiday: January 8-18, 2010 -

Escape the January Blues and jet off to the Maldives where you will be spoilt in the comfort of the MV Orion and see some of the most amazing underwater scenery in the world.

10-day January 2010 scuba diving holiday on MV Orion  just USD $2,990 per person !

MV Orion Scuba Diving Holiday: January 18-25, 2010 -

Late January is a great time to visit the Maldives: weather conditions are still excellent, but the Christmas crowds are gone.  Take a week off work in January … there really is no better to unwind than a week on MV Orion.

7-day scuba diving holiday on MV Orion just USD $2,093 per person!

Get more information on these 2010 specials here!

Black Pearl – Scuba Diving Holidays

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Black Pearl Liveaboard

Black Pearl Scuba Diving Holiday: December 28 – January 4, 2010 -

On December 28, why not bring in the New Year with your scuba diving buddies in the Maldives, on this seven-night scuba diving adventure?  The Black Pearl special offer price has been maintained, despite the New Year festivities.

14-day scuba diving holiday on Black Pearl just USD $1.386 per person!

Black Pearl Scuba Diving Holiday: February 15 – 25, 2010 –

Later on in the season, the Black Pearl has another unbeatable offer on a ten-night scuba diving holiday in the Maldives.  February is still considered among the best months of the year in which to scuba dive in the Maldives.  Book your diving holiday of a lifetime in the Maldives next February.  This departure date is already confirmed.

10-day scuba diving holiday on Black Pearl just USD $1.980 per person!

Black Pearl Scuba Diving Holiday: February 28 – March 10, 2010 –

While the diving is good year-round in the Maldives, many believe the best conditions end around April time.  So, squeeze a trip in next March and take advantage of some of the finest scuba diving conditions in the world. This departure date is already confirmed.

10-day scuba diving holiday on Black Pearl just USD $1.980 per person!

Get more information on these 2010 specials here!

Galileo – Scuba Diving Holidays

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Galileo Liveaboard

Galileo Scuba Diving Holiday: Dec 21 – January 2, 2010

For the ultimate scuba diving holiday in the Maldives, book a space on this 12-night scuba diving expedition on Galileo and visit the largest variety of dive sites in hte Maldives.  With 12 nights available for cruising, there is no doubt you will have the opportunity to visit atolls that shorter dive safaris simply cannot include in their itineraries.

12-day scuba diving holiday on Galileo just €1.296 per person!

Get more information on these 2010 specials here!

Manta rays secret life revealed

November 19th, 2009 Comments off

by Matt Walker Editor, BBC Earth News

The once secret life of a huge, recently discovered species of manta ray has been unveiled.

Biologist Dr Andrea Marshall has discovered that the giant fish, which she first described as new to science last year, undertakes huge journeys.

As well as making the longest migration known across the Indian Ocean, the fish gathers in large numbers to feed and survives attacks by sharks.

The behavior is revealed in the BBC documentary series Natural World.

Growing up to 7m wide, manta rays are the largest living ray in the ocean and one of the largest of all fish.

Previously, it was thought there was just one species of manta ray, known by the scientific name Manta birostris.

But the more Dr Marshall swam with them, the more she noticed how different manta rays that frequent reefs and the open ocean are, both in their behavior and markings.

Mantas evolved from sting rays, and it was thought they had lost their sting. But Dr Marshall has found that the larger ocean-going mantas have retained a vestigial sting on their tails, proving that the two are separate species.

In July last year, she announced the discovery that there are not one but two species of manta ray at the American Elasmobranch Society’s annual conference in Montreal, Canada.

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Manta Ray

The larger giant mantas retain the name Manta birostris, while the reef-going mantas have been newly named Manta alfredi, in tribute to Alfred Whitley who first scientifically described manta rays in the 1930s.

However, Dr Marshall’s studies have uniquely revealed a host of manta ray behaviors.

The rays sometimes swim across the ocean floor, skimming the reefs with their mouths, a behavior filmed by the camera crew for the first time.

Usually the fish feed on plankton, but what they feed on when skimming is unclear.

Dr Marshall studies manta rays off the coast of Tofo in southern Mozambique.

It was always thought that manta rays stayed in shallow waters.

Manta ray mating behavior

But Dr Marshall has discovered that the larger giant species of manta ray dives deeply, and migrates 700 miles (1,100km) in just 60 days to the Maldives, the longest migration known for a fish living in the Indian Ocean.

In the Maldives, researchers have also uncovered a unique gathering place of reef mantas, where hundreds of the fish gather.

Around 80% of the fish are female, with many pregnant, suggesting the area is a critical breeding site for the species.

Studies by Dr Marshall and colleague Dr Simon Pierce of the Manta Ray and Whale Shark Research Centre based at Tofo Beach in southern Mozambique have also revealed that manta rays living off Tofo bear huge scars inflicted by large sharks.

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Mysterious giants

Manta rays appear capable of surviving such attacks and will queue up to have their wounds tended by cleaner fish, which nibble at the wound to remove dead tissue and prevent infection.

Dr Marshall’s studies have also revealed new aspects to the fishes’ reproduction.

Many male mantas follow a single female, mirroring her behavior in a bid to attract her as a mate.

Females, which give birth to a single pup after a 12-month gestation, rarely give birth in consecutive years, Dr Marshall has found.

That extremely slow reproduction could place the fish in danger from overfishing, both for subsistence and for export to be used in traditional Chinese medicines.

Sea Anemone Ousted by Church!

November 11th, 2009 Comments off

“Transgendered Sea Anemone an Abomination”, says Baptist Group

The Save Our Seas Coalition, a Huntsville-based Baptist group, spoke out Monday against the “Telia Felina“, a transgendered sea anemone saying that the organism is “base and depraved.”

Telia Felina Sea Anemone Ousted by Church!

Telia Felina Anemone

Filthy Anemone

Rev. William Chester, spokesman for the coalition which is dedicated to “the preservation of aquatic decency and morality” said: “This filthy anemone, which exhibits both male and female characteristics, is turning our oceans’ intertidal zones into dens of sin and perversion,” he added “For God knows how long, this twisted sea creature has been running rampant in our oceans, spreading its unnatural, bisexual lifestyle. And it’s high time somebody took a stand.”

Anemone’s Alternative Lifestyle

The “Telia Felina” has been practicing its alternative lifestyle since 1859 and since then over 40 of its subspecies have been identified as transgendered. The coalition also denounced its family structure and reproductive habits. “Unlike so many respectable, God-fearing creatures, the Telia Felina reproduces asexually, openly mocking traditional family values by giving birth to and raising its young in a single-parent setting,” Chester said. “This anti-Christian anemone, which has the audacity to think that a child can grow up properly without the benefit of two loving parents, is truly the Murphy Brown of the deep.”

Asexual Anemone is Not Natural

He added: “If you still doubt the pain and suffering wrought by this undersea abomination, just look into the eyes of a young anemone child forced to grow up wondering why Mommy and Daddy live in the same body. This, my friends, is not natural.”

As part of the coalition’s campaign against the organism they are calling upon environmental groups such as Greenpeace to put an end to their defense of endangered species and creatures that don’t have high moral standards. The coalition is also threatening a boycott of aquariums displaying the Telia Felina or any other organism of uncertain character.

Chester asked: “Is this the kind of marine invertebrate we want our children to see on their school field trips to the aquarium?” He believes that by putting the Telia Felina on display in the nation’s aquariums it sends a message to children encouraging a transsexual lifestyle.

Christian Anemone “Crossed Over” to a Life of Depravity

“It is truly sad to see what could have been an upstanding Christian creature cross over to a life of depravity and abasement,” Pastor Kenneth Boyle, director of the Loaves and Fishes Academy Of Christian Marine Biology, said of the Telia felina. “Just look at its flamboyant bright green and gold coloration. And its hundreds of effeminate tentacles, which sway back and forth temptingly in an effort to lure the spiritually weak. The Bible says that on the fifth day, God filled the oceans with living creatures, but surely this is not what He intended.”