The vulnerable manta ray

Manta rays are among the most iconic marine animals with their cape-like body and graceful soaring movements. Did you know that these gentle giants have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all fish? Here are some interesting facts about them:

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Unfortunately, this beautiful creature has been listed as a vulnerable species largely due to overfishing.

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In September 2014, S.E.A. Aquarium and Conservation International embarked on Southeast Asia’s largest manta ray satellite tagging project and made some groundbreaking discoveries. Here’s a summary of what we did and found:

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The data from this project provided compelling evidence for the Indonesian government to increase enforcement in the respective areas to stop manta ray hunting. The government had begun working in this direction with its 2014 national law protecting manta rays in Indonesian waters.

Moving forward, S.E.A. Aquarium plans to continue with our conservation efforts and inspire a deeper understanding and love for the ocean and its inhabitants through our conservation arm the S.E.A. Aquarium Society.

Learn more about S.E.A. Aquarium Society here, and find out how you can join us in our efforts as a S.E.A. Aquarium Society Enthusiast.

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