The Nautilus Maldives launches "The Manta Ray Symposium" in view of the upcoming Manta Ray Season
By: The Nautilus Maldives
The Nautilus Maldives (https://www.thenautilusmaldives.com/
World renowned Hanifaru Bay, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Maldives' stunning Baa Atoll, which is just 15 minutes away from The Nautilus by luxury yacht, is one of the largest manta feeding hotspots in the world. Hanifaru Bay is unique as it has a vigorous water circulation system due to the funnel-like reef shape – approximately 1,300m long and 600m wide. During the north-western monsoon (May to November), enormous quantities of plankton get trapped in the bay, creating what is known as plankton 'soup', which attracts large numbers of filter feeding megafauna' such as whale sharks and manta rays.
Along with a few whale sharks, these manta rays display the unforgettable spectacle known as cyclone feeding. In this particular location, cyclone feeding can consist of more than 100 individual mantas. This special behavior is almost exclusive to Hanifaru Bay, the only location where you're allowed to swim and snorkel with these beautiful creatures.
Typically known as Mobula Alfredi, the reef manta ray is not only one of the largest but also one of the most iconic marine species in waters surrounding The Nautilus. Snorkellers and divers are far more likely to witness the grandeur of Mobula Alfredi than, for example, the Oceanic Manta Ray species, because they prefer communing in far shallower waters and are typically more sociable. With an average width of 325cm-400cm, weight of 700kg and life span of around 40 years, these magnificent creates will continue to grace Hanifaru Bay's waters and The Nautilus' atoll for many years to come.