Manta Trust & Maldivian Manta Ray Project:
Ocean Dimensions is pleased to be a contributor to the Manta Trust’s Maldivian Manta Ray Project.
Manta Rays are closely related to all Rays and Sharks. They feed on zooplankton, some of the smallest animals in the sea, using their cephalic fins to create a funnel which allows litres of water to pass over their gill rakers where they filter out the plankton. Due to the increasing demand for these gill rakers for use in Asian Medicines, Manta Rays have been listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as of 2011.
The Maldivian Manta Ray Project was established in 2005 and is one of the longest running research projects into these creatures and their behavior in the world. The aim of the MMRP is to collect long-term, robust data on the distribution, biology and ecology of Manta Rays throughout the Maldives to aid in their conservation. The Manta Trust currently has research projects in over 16 different countries worldwide.
Using the unique pattern of black spots on the white belly of the Manta Ray, the Maldivian Manta Ray Project has identified over 4,000 individuals in the Maldives. Since 2012, Ocean Dimensions have been submitting photographs of the undersides of Manta Rays to the MMRP.
Baa Atoll Conservation Fund:
Ocean Dimensions has partnered up with the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund.
The Fund has been created to help ensure the conservation and sustainable development of the Baa Atoll and its Biosphere reserve.
Ocean Dimensions will support the fund by assisting with the sale of Hanifaru Access Permits. All guests visiting Hanifaru Bay are required to be in possession of a valid permit, and we are pleased to inform that these can be obtained by Ocean Dimensions directly from Kihaa Maldives Resort.