An all-female team of scientists is working in the Maldives to protect the manta ray species. Manta rays aren’t dangerous to humans, unlike their shark and stingray relatives. Their population is in a steep decline because of fishing, global warming, and habitat loss. This impressive team at Manta Trust, a research group studying Manta rays out of the Four Seasons Laanda Giraavaru resort, spends their days in the warm Maldives waters to protect the rays’ ecosystem. They perform ultrasounds on pregnant rays, take photographs, watch their health, and measure population growth.
Simon Hillbourne, The Manta Trust
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