Today was my first day of the June-November 2016 manta season in Hanifaru Bay here in Baa Atoll. To say I was excited would be a vast understatement. Hanifaru Bay has become known globally as one of the few places to have an encounter with large numbers of manta rays. And today was one of those days! We estimated roughly 30 reef mantas (Manta alfredi) feeding in the bay today, we saw barrel roll feeding, ram feeding, manta chains and some very happy humans swimming by (I have not stopped smiling all afternoon). Mantas come to Hanifaru Bay because of the South Western Monsoon, bringing plankton across the Atoll which becomes trapped in the horseshoe shaped bay. It’s a plankton buffet and the Mantas are gobbling it up! We are very excited to spend the next 6 months with these majestic animals, helping to add data for Manta Trust and Marine Megafauna Foundation be prepared for more manta posts.
Oh and I forgot to mention as we were slowly leaving the reef a large pod of bottlenose dolphins swam right across the lagoon…Today was MAGIC!
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