A Study of the Social Interactions of Manta Rays in the Baa Atoll, Maldives


This a study on Manta rays (Manta birostris) and manta ecotourism in the Maldives. The paper investigates the different levels of interaction between manta rays and humans. Results show a clear distinction between the reactions of the sexes and age classes; females displaying the lowest level of reaction, with juveniles exhibiting higher levels of disturbance in comparison to the mature adults. These differences have implications for the ecotourism industry and must be considered in order to reduce negative impacts on manta populations. 

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Author(s)Annie Murray
PublisherManta Trust
CMS InstrumentRequins