Earthwatch: Australia - Project Manta

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Volunteer on this Earthwatch Expedition in Queensland, Australia and collect valuable data on the world's largest manta ray. Spend your days scuba diving alongside rays to protect the species against rising threats to its long-term health. Sinc... read more

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Volunteer on this Earthwatch Expedition in Queensland, Australia and collect valuable data on the world's largest manta ray. Spend your days scuba diving alongside rays to protect the species against rising threats to its long-term health.

Since individual manta rays can be identified by the unique patterns found on their underside, an online resource, the Manta Identification Database, is being developed that will allow divers and snorkelers to contribute photographs. Choose to join this project, and you’ll take and process photos of manta rays for the database, comparing new images with existing ones in order to identify individual manta rays.

Contributing to a study of manta feeding habits, assisting with plankton sampling and analysis from a series of plankton tows at dive sites and offshore, you may also take part in filming manta rays for an ongoing behavioral study - observing mantas interacting with cleaner fish at cleaning stations and mapping reef.

The information you gather will contribute to a database that is now emerging as the best available data source for this incredibly vulnerable species. One which can be used to significantly improve species and habitat management plans. Government agencies, conservation groups and commercial operators will turn to Project Manta and the work that you do to determine how best to protect threatened manta populations, and increase opportunities for sustainable ecotourism as an alternative to hunting. Learn more about Earthwatch Expedition: Project Manta.

Program Type(s):
Volunteer
Program Length(s):
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  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
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