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Manta Trust Discovers 5000th Reef Manta Ray—And You Can Name it!

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The Manta Trust hit an amazing milestone with the discovery of the 5000th Reef Manta Ray in the Maldives and you can name it.

The Manta Trust hit an amazing milestone with the discovery of the 5000th Reef Manta Ray in the Maldives. And Manta Trust is offering one lucky supporter to name its 500th reef manta ray!

The Manta Trust revealed that one lucky supporter stands the chance to choose a name for the 5000th male reef manta ray. The winner is picked randomly. Likewise, after naming the Manta, they will receive a personalized manta adoption certificate, a manta you, and a book all about manta and devil rays in the world.

Submit your name for the 5000th Manta Ray HERE. Submissions will close on 20th December 2020. Likewise, the charity will announce the winner on 21st December 2020.

Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) has been studying the special species for over 15 years. Hence, MMRP created a database of thousands of Manta Ray ID shots. According to the Manta Trust, the general public submitted many of these shots via the IDtheManta programme.

Our whole team are delighted to have identified the 5000th reef manta ray in the Maldives. It’s a testimony to the hard work and dedication of all our researchers, interns, citizen scientists and collaborating tourist operators in the Maldives. Now we’d like the public to help us name this special manta ray.

Tam Sawers, MMRP Manager

An easy way to identify a Manta Ray is by the unique pattern in their belly. This pattern will remain unchanged throughout the life of a Manta. So, they match the pattern against reference images (like humans are identified with fingerprints).

Also read: Choosing a Villa in the Maldives: Beach, Overwater or Underwater?

MMRP has the largest manta database in the world as well. According to the Manta Trust, this database has helped to build a picture of the reef manta ray population’s size, demographics and also their movement in the Maldives.

Feature image by Manta Trust
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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Announces New Leadership Appointments

Meet the newest leadership appointments at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives introduces Steven D’Souza as Director of Food & Beverages, and Tammy Gan as Assistant Director of Branding & Marketing.

Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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