A short film offering an insight into the work of passionate marine advocate, Ibrahim Lirar, as he visits Hanifaru Bay - the stage for the largest feeding aggregation of reef manta rays in the world.
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Lirar helps run the Maldivian Manta Ray Project. Together, the team strive to learn more about the reef manta rays that reside around the Maldives archipelago, including those that gather in huge numbers inside the famed Hanifaru Bay.
We still know relatively little about these ocean giants. Gaining a thorough understanding of their populations, where they feed and breed, is critical if governments and local stakeholders are to make informed decisions as to how to conserve these threatened animals. Sadly mantas fall victim to bycatch and entanglement in ghost nets, in addition to their populations being persecuted by illegal, targeted fishing for their gill plates.
Fortunately all species of ray are protected within the waters of the Maldives. People like Lirar and the rest of the MMRP work tirelessly to better understand the Maldivian manta population, with the knowledge they gain helping the conservation of mantas in other parts of the world.
Special thanks are owed to the following groups for helping to make this film possible:
Manta Trust & the Maldivian Manta Ray Project
Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society & Rolex
Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Fourth Element & Ocean Positive