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Mexico’s remote Revillagigedo Archipelago is a hotspot for oceanic mantas. Scientists are studying the local population using photo ID techniques and acoustic tags which track the movements of these mysterious fish. They are also conducting experiments to see if the filter-feeding rays are impacted negatively by microplastics, tiny pieces of toxic trash that float in the ocean.
Major funding for this program was provided by the Batchelor Foundation, encouraging people to preserve and protect America’s underwater resources. Additional funding was provided by Diver’s Direct/Emocean Sports, inspiring the pursuit of adventures and watersports; the Do Unto Others Trust, The William J. and Isobel G. Clarke Foundation, Lady Suzanna P. Tweed and Carleton Tweed Charitable Foundation, and by Skip and Diane Day.
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