I discovered a manta!
Well, sort of.
Assisting on an open water course recently, we plunged into the depths at a dive site known as Mauan, in Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
It’s got a reputation as having a few mantas around, and although we’re slowly heading out of the season now, we were in for a treat.
Within five minutes of descending, we had put aside the skills the two students were supposed to be practicing, as we sat in awe of the mantas who seemed to have taken as much interest in us, as we had in them.
It was one of those moments where you look at each other, eyes wide, and just feel amazed at the luck you have.
These mantas were intrigued with us. We first spotted them circling above the cleaning station, a few metres from us. Before long, they were travelling above us, beside us, and if there’d been space, they would have moved between us too!
It was the sort of experience where you come out of the water, and you just say “wow”.
With the mantas getting so close, I managed to get some good shots of them, finally getting some that were good enough to send into Manta Matcher. The idea with this organisation is that mantas essentially have their own form of “fingerprints” with the patterns on their underside being individual to each one. Manta Matcher uses their own algorithm to recognise the different mantas, providing scientific research into the populations and migration of rays.
It’s a really simple process – as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Find a Manta.
2. Photograph the belly.
3. Submit the shot to Manta Matcher.
So, I sent in my manta shot, and as it turned out, noone had submitted a photo of the same one before. I feel like I’ve discovered something amazing and new now!
If I’m interested, which a part of me is, I can now “adopt” my manta, and even give it a more interesting name than “INKNP0720A”.
What do you think I should name it (the smaller black one above)?
For more information on Manta Matcher, head on over to their website here.
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