Learn all about reef mantas and giant manta rays – from biology and behavior to meeting the mantas of Hawaii and protecting these gentle giants from harm.
Are Manta Rays Facing Extinction?
We discuss the manta ray’s risk status, the most significant threats to their existence, and what we can all do to turn the tide for our favorite gentle giants and protect them from extinction.
The Dark Side of Manta Ray Tourism: the Impact of Ecotourism on People, Mantas, and the Environment
Manta ray tourism is becoming increasingly popular, and manta viewing sites are over-saturated. This affects not just the marine wildlife and their habitat, but also has dire consequences for crew and tourists involved.
Proposed Regulations for Manta Ray Tourism in Hawaii
Regulations for manta ray tourism have been in the making since 2014. But how can new rules make this activity safer for people and mantas, and more sustainable as well?
The 7 Extraordinary Senses of Manta Rays
Learn how manta rays use their senses to see, hear, feel, taste, smell... but also how they use electro reception and magneto reception to navigate the ocean!
How Climate Change affects Manta Rays
Manta rays are highly vulnerable to environmental changes because they have slow growth rates, low reproductive rates, and long lifespans. Read more about how climate change impacts the manta ray population around the world in this article!
Swimming with manta rays: what you need to know before diving in
Swimming with manta rays is an exceptional adventure; this post tells you exactly what you can expect and how to find a manta ray tour that fits your needs.
Why is it Important to Protect Manta Rays?
Mantas are a threatened species - but what would happen if they disappeared? Why is it so important to get legislation in place to protect manta rays?
10 Fun Facts about Manta Rays
Manta Rays can be pretty quirky at times! Here are some fun facts about the gentle giants of the sea to share with your friends...
Are manta rays fish or mammals? Do they lay eggs?
Are manta rays fish or mammals? Do they lay eggs, are manta ray pups born alive, or are they something else entirely?
Where to Find Manta Rays in the Wild Around the World
Where do manta rays live, and what are some of the best places around the world to swim with mantas in their natural habitat?
February 2023: Proposed Regulations for Manta Ray Tourism in Hawaii [VIDEO]
A public hearing to regulate the manta ray tour businesses along the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is happening on February 23, 2023. This post outlines what I think about the proposed regulations and what YOU can do to protect manta rays today.
Why do Manta Rays Jump out of the Water?
When manta rays jump out of the water, they look like they're flying - the phenomenon is called “breaching”. While we don't know exactly why they do it, these are the most popular theories!
Get to Know the Majestic Reef Manta Ray
The reef manta ray is often confused with its larger relative, the giant manta ray. Let's explore their diet and habitat, how they differ from other rays, and what we can do to protect them from extinction!
8 Unique Techniques Manta Rays Use for Filter-Feeding
Manta rays need to a lot of food to sustain themselves. They developed intricate techniques for filter-feeding on plankton and other tiny food.
Do Manta Rays Smile? And What’s the Deal with Giggling Sting Rays?
When people ask if manta rays smile, they're usually confounding mantas for sting rays. Check out these pictures of a manta ray mouth and stingray underbellies, and learn why it's easy to get confused!