Baros Maldives Invites to Join in Manta Ray Survey
Baros Maldives has called upon interested guests to join to take part in its Manta Ray Survey. The survey is conducted to identify Manta Rays that can be seen at the Manta Ray dive spots close to the boutique island resort.
Conducted by Divers Baros Maldives, the survey has resulted in different Manta Ray being identified and entered into the first scientific database for Manta Ray which is maintained by the international Matcher Organization.
In the Maldives, It is said to have about 5,000 Manta Ray types, as little is known about these gracious giants of the sea that fascinates divers.
A Manta Ray can be identified by the distinctive markings on its belly, each one being marked differently in the manner of humans being identified by their fingerprints.
At the resort diving guests are invited to take photographs underwater of a Manta Ray’s “Belly Print” and compare it with the photographs already on the Divers Baros Database. Furthermore, a diver who photographs a Manta Ray not seen before is offered the opportunity to give the Manta a name.
The Baros Dive center has introduced an adoption scheme whereby the diver can receive regular reports on the Manta’s whereabouts and habits. The Baros Dive Center has a data of 159 Manta Rays recognised over 10 years successfully.
Moreover, guests who re-visit the resort have a good chance to have a reunion with a Manta Ray they have seen on their dives in previous years.
The data base through its link with International Manta Match Organization can reveal where the Manta Ray has been over those years.
The Survey will take place From May to November and from January to April when sightings are frequent.
Baros Maldives is a private bijou tropical island resort only 25 minutes by resort speedboat from the Maldives International Airport. Every one of its 75 elegant overwater and beachside villas is close to the resort’s Dive and Marine Centres where expert Dive Masters and Marine Biologists are on hand to assist guests in the Manta Ray survey.