Watch My Manta

A partnership between Manta Trust & Carl F. Bucherer


Adopted by: Mr. Joseph Rafferty.

ID Number: MA-MV-2005

Gender: Male

Date First Sighted: 11th June 2011

Location of First Sighting: Bathalaa, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives.

Total Number of Sightings: 15



During our first encounter, we estimated that this manta was roughly 2.5 metres in width, from wing-tip to wing-tip. Based on the size of his claspers / the presence of mating scars on her left pectoral fin, we class this manta as a juvenile / sub-adult / sexually mature adult. In fact, this individual has been observed to be pregnant on at least one / two occasions.

He / she has a short-medium length tail, and no visible wounds, scars or unusual injuries.

When we encountered this manta, we were able to collect a small sample of their skin, called a biopsy, which we are using for various genetic and dietary studies. 




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