Wild Book with assistance from the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) have developed an on-line database where divers can upload their Manta ID photographs. The photographs are compared with existing ID shots and the diver is then emailed encounter updates, whether they have discovered a new Manta Ray or details of a previous sighting of the same as individual.
Uploading photographs is simple and takes only a few minutes. Simply log on to MantaMatcher, attach your photographs and fill in a series of information fields which include where and when the Manta was encountered.
Much of what we have learned about our local Manta Ray population has come from scuba diver’s photographs, it is a simple but very effective and non harmful way to study these wonderful animals.
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