Our online naming contest was a great success, and ever since then we've been waiting to find out where Sylvia and Eugenie are spending their time. This is critical information that can help inform conservation efforts for manta rays off Mexico and around the world.
|A frame from a beautiful underwater video of Josh tagging the manta rays|
Researcher Josh Stewart took time off from his field studies to offer a little background about the project and the Aquarium's involvement through MCAF.
Josh mentioned that he would share the data on Sylvia and Eugenie as soon as possible. Well, the wait is over!
The researchers have gleaned important information from those tags and compiled the data in an impressive interactive map over at DataMares. Head over there to dive into this pool of data. You'll also find helpful tips for navigating the map, including ways to single out Sylvia and Eugenie's movements!
Go to the map
If you want to learn more, check out Josh's guest posts about this manta research:
- Read a first-hand account of what it's like to tag these massive animals, and
- Learn why these research endeavors are so important, and
- Watch an unbelievable underwater video of this field work in action.
Explore 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 relocationin 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