Join us for a MANTA SPECIAL CRUISE *! Come help us record more Oceanic mantas!
The Smiling Seahorse is committed to the health of Myanmar's water and is partnering with local and international foundations protecting the area.
We are very pleased to welcome a very special guest, Thanda Ko Gyi, on our first cruise of December who will be coming onboard to talk about the local Manta Rays population and her work to find and clean the ghost nets lost in Mergui Archipelago.
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During this cruise you will learn how to:
- Interact with ocean giants without disrupting their natural behaviour
- Identify the maturity of an individual animal and distinguish between males and females
- Recognize different types of manta behavior
- Take identification photos
- Record environmental conditions
- Process and organize ID photos
- Identify different individuals using their unique spot patterns
* the presence of this Manta researcher is not a guarantee that we will see Manta rays but we hope we will! :)
Marine Mega Fauna Foundation
Marine Megafauna foundation's mission is to save threatened marine life using pioneering research, education, and sustainable conservation solutions, working towards a world where marine life and humans thrive together.
Thanda Ko Gyi
Thanda was born in Myanmar and has been working as a manta ray researcher for Marine Megafauna Foundation and in marine conservation around Southeast Asia for several years.
In 2018, she founded Myanmar Ocean Project with the mission to restore and protect the health of Myanmar’s ocean.
Partnering with Flora and Fauna International, National Geographic Society, and the Global ghost net initiative, Myanmar Ocean Project is working on removing fishing gear that found its way into Myanmar's ocean and engage with fishing communities to find sustainable local solutions to this problem.