Manta rays Hanifaru
Exciting news in the pipeline in that we’re planning a dive trip to Hanifaru bay onboard a liveaboard boat. It won’t happen until 2020 but if you dive and are interested in coming and seeing the greatest manta ray feeding frenzy on earth then contact us here to register an advanced interest in this trip. The last time I went there we saw hundreds and hundreds of mantas on nearly every dive. There’s a few photos below from that trip along with a Youtube video I made of this incredible festival of nature.
The water is a bit murky as it’s full of plankton but here’s a 3 minute video I made of a manta ray feeding frenzy in Hanifaru bay. Hundreds and hundreds of manta rays gather here during the North West monsoon when this fringing reef fills up with plankton.
There’s a few photos of manta rays, whale sharks and dolphins on my underwater gallery here.
Manta rays have the largest brain of any fish by absolute weight and if you’ve been lucky enough to exchange eye contact with these incredible animals you’ll know there’s a lot going on in there. Their spacial awareness, social interactions and curiosity towards humans indicate a high level of intelligence. Sadly the global catch of manta rays has dramatically increased over the last decade due to demand for their gill rakers from China, where they are sold as medicinal products. For detailed information about the conservation of manta rays and whale sharks head to Marine Megafauna