The World of Manta Rays
As a marine biologist Beth Taylor worked on various shark and coral projects in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Greece. For the past 3 years she was studying the world of manta rays in the Maldives with Manta Trust a UK based charity who’s researchers are located in different Atolls throughout the Maldives as well as in the Seychelles, Philippines, Thailand, Yap and Fiji to name just a few. In 2016 Beth worked in conjunction with Dr. Mark Dekos from Hawaii, measuring mantas with unique laser technology, she also worked alongside Roger Munns of BBC Channel. Some of her own video footage was broadcasted on Discovery Channel Canada.
We invited Beth to joined us at Kihaa Maldives for one week to give several exclusive presentations on manta rays explaining the research, recognition, behaviour, anatomy, protection and the different feeding patterns. With photos and video clips she explained how mantas scoop up the plankton either by barrel rolling, chain feeding or cyclone feeding depending on the density of the plankton. We can observe this when visiting various dives sites here in the Baa Atoll and of course when we go snorkeling at the famous Hanifaru Bay which is only 5 minutes boat ride away from us. Thank you for your visit and giving us this wonderful insight in the world of mantas. All the best with your future manta and marine studies and we look forward to welcome you here again as Dr. Beth Taylor!