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A ray of hope for endangered manta rays

RWS, conservation group to tag 30 for study, protection

Published on Sep 4, 2014 9:17 AM
 
A manta ray seen in Indonesia last December. The project will tag 30 mantas in Indonesian waters, namely in Bali, Raja Ampat, Berau and Komodo, four manta tourism sites where they gather in large numbers. -- PHOTO: SHAWN HEINRICHS

They are gentle giants of the sea, gliding silently on wings that can span 7m, but little is known about manta rays except that they face a high risk of extinction in the wild.

To learn more about their migratory patterns and how to protect them, researchers are tagging 30 with microchips that will track their movements for up to a year.

The project by United States-based environmental group Conservation International and Resorts World Sentosa's (RWS) SEA Aquarium is the first under a five-year partnership inked in January. The tie-up will focus on conservation, public education and supporting regional projects.

The 30 mantas will be tagged in Indonesian waters, namely in Bali, Raja Ampat, Berau and Komodo, where they gather in large numbers.

 
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