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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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Dusit Thani Maldives Celebrates Earth Day with Sustainable Initiatives!

Dusit Thani Maldives celebrated Earth Day with a series of initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and environmental conservation. In honour of Earth Day, Dusit Thani Maldives implemented several eco-friendly practices, including:

  • Beach clean-up: Removing plastic waste and other debris to protect marine life.
  • Tree planting: Contributing to the resort’s efforts to create a greener environment and offset carbon emissions.
  • Sustainable dining: Restaurants showcased a special menu. Locally sourced, sustainable ingredients were featured.
  • Conservation awareness: Educational sessions and activities were hosted to raise awareness about environmental conservation.

These initiatives carried out by Dusit Thani Maldives are a part of the resort’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices. Dusit Thani Maldives has been setting an example for the hospitality industry. Not only has the resort taken measures to reduce waste, but they actively work towards conserving energy and protecting the environment as well. So far, Dusit Thani Maldives has implemented several initiatives to reduce its environmental impact and contribute to the well-being of the local ecosystem.

The measures include:
  • Energy efficiency: Dusit Thani Maldives has invested in energy-efficient systems and technologies.
  • Water conservation: Employing advanced water management strategies to minimize water consumption.
  • Marine conservation: Dusit Thani actively participates in marine conservation efforts including coral propagation programs in addition to regular reef clean-ups.
  • Community engagement: The resort also collaborates with local communities on education and sustainability projects.
  • Waste management: Dusit Thani Maldives also emphasises waste reduction, recycling, and responsible waste disposal practices.
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