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Maldives - Thematic Cruises - MANTA TRUST CRUISE

This expedition has been specifically timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of reef manta rays. The aim of this trip is to use the knowledge of Manta Trust experts to find these feeding aggregations and allow the guests to experience the wonder of immersing yourself amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.
On this expedition we will explore the pristine and rarely visited northern atolls of Baa, Raa and Lhaviyani diving on untouched reefs and looking for poorly studied manta ray populations. A trip designed especially for adventurers looking for something new and rarely offered in the Maldives!

On this expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to experience and participate in cuttingedge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals.
Manta Trust scientists will be collecting photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition - a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to participate in. All new manta rays will be added to the database and guests will be invited to name these new mantas. Every manta sighting is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals.

A UK registered charity, the Trust`s mission is to advance the worldwide conservation of manta rays and their habitat through robust science and research, by raising awareness and providing education, influence and action. The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for these amazing animals, their close relatives and their habitat.
Data Collection: The Manta Trust has a number of research projects worldwide, incorporating population data, research on manta movements, and genetic analyses - to name a few - in order to better understand the general ecology of manta andnmobula rays.

Niv has been pasionate about nature for as long as he can remember.
His dream has always been to live in closecontact with the world’s wild places and to try to understand their fascinating mysteries. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of
Milan, Niv completed a Masters degree in Environmental Management, focusing primarily on animal behaviour and evolution.
In 2010, Niv started working as a marine biologist in the Maldives, an experience that brought him closer to marine life and developed his passion for the underwater world. Building on his background as a professional swimmer, Niv quickly became a proficient freediver and qualified as a Dive Master.
Following his first encounters with the Maldivian manta rays, their complex and poorly understood behaviour drove his desire to learn more about these majestic animals and work to aid in their conservation. It was this drive that brought Niv to the Manta Trust, with whom he has worked as the Project Manager for the Maldivian Manta Ray Project since 2013.
In his role, Niv manages the Manta Trust’s founding project from a resort island in Baa Atoll, collecting as many ID photographs of manta rays as possible. In addition, Niv is involved in whale shark conservation projects, contributing his knowledge and the data he collects to better our understanding of the world’s largest fish.
Throughout the expedition, Niv will be providing lectures and informal talks on manta ray and whale shark research and conservation. In addition, Niv will conduct general presentations on marine biology, with a focus on the diverse and productive marine ecosystems of the Maldives.

M/Y Conte Max: 24 September - 01 october 2018 - Download here the program
M/Y Duke of York:  22- 29 October - Download here the program

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