Guest blogger Josh Stewart of the Manta Trust recently shared some information about a scientific project to study manta rays. Catch up with his posts on the Explorers Blog:
- Read a first-hand account of what it's like to tag these massive animals, and
- Learn why these research endeavors are so important.
Tagging an Oceanic Manta from Josh Stewart on Vimeo.
And now that you're thoroughly enthralled by these animals, we hope you'll head over to our manta Facebook post and submit a name for two of these beauties! The rays we're naming are both females. The Aquarium's Conservation Department will consider all the names posted on our manta Facebook posts between today and Tuesday, September 9. Get creative. Think about names that might be educational, or touch on conservation issues, or their beauty. The winners will be announced on September 16, and they'll get a beautiful plush animal from our Gift Shop to remind them of their special connection to "their ray" soaring through the Pacific Ocean. Good luck, we can't wait to see what you come up with.
Learn about other projects supported by the Aquarium's MCAF program, all supporting grassroots research around the world to study and protect animals and habitats of our blue planet!
- Leatherback sea turtle nest protection and relocation in Indonesia
- Tackling a growing threat to manta rays in Sri Lanka
- Measuring a reef's resilience to climate change in the Indian Ocean
- Studying the impact of flooding on Indus River dolphins in India and Pakistan
- Protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica
- Studying whale sharks in the Gulf of Mexico after the Gulf Oil Spill