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Manta Rays and Stingrays in Maldives
Manta rays and stingrays are rather popular sea creatures in Maldives. Thousands of tourists travel long miles from their hometowns just to experience these marine wonders themselves. These two exotic species of rays not only occur in this tropical paradise, but are also surprisingly common.
Maldives Manta Rays are fascinating sea creatures, attracting scuba diving and marine enthusiasts worldwide in this tropical paradise. There are numerous dive sites in Maldives that feature sightings of these spectacular creatures. This largest species of rays can grow up to 20 feet and weigh 4,000 pounds heavy but is very friendly and harmless to scuba divers despite their frightening size.
Manta Rays in Maldives are very popular attractions to scuba divers because of their majestic appearance and unique habitat. These creatures migrate across the 26 atolls of Maldives with the changing monsoons, following seasonal shifts in their planktonic food source.
Maldives Manta Ray Project
The Maldives Manta Ray Project (MMRP) is an organization dedicated to data collection and marine research of mantas in Maldives with the purpose of caring and preserving for the population of these precious creatures. With only 3 years of existence, the project has already gathered data that identifies over 1,500 manta rays in Maldives and counting.
This non-profit research organization also aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of manta rays in Maldives. MMRP conducts education initiatives and other marine conservation activities as part of their responsibility towards a better and safer marine life in Maldives.
Stingrays often dwell on shallow waters in search of their prey. This is the perfect opportunity for you to feed these tooth-less and velvet-like creatures with pilchards and other small fish.
There are numerous resorts in Maldives that holds nightly stingray feeding events. Before allowing their guests to feed these graceful and gentle sea creatures themselves, a resort professional will give a short orientation about stingrays and their habitat.
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