Episode 904: Majestic Mantas

The remote Revillagigedo Archipelago off Mexico’s Pacific coast is a hotspot for giant mantas that interact with awe-struck scuba divers. Scientists with the Pacific Manta Research Group are studying the local population using photo ID techniques and acoustic tags which track the movements of these mysterious fish. Experts from Pelagios Kakunjá are conducting experiments to see if the filter-feeding rays are impacted negatively by microplastics, tiny pieces of toxic trash that float in the ocean.


Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Special Thanks:


Tropicana Inn
Blvd. Mijares No. 30
Col. Centro, Z.C. 23400
San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
(624) 142-1580 (Mexico)


Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Kelly Arnold

Leanne Briscoe

Florencia Cerutti

Kristine Fredriksen

Rodrigo Friscione
Pelagic Life

Anne B. L’Hirondelle

Mike McGettigan
SeaWatch, Inc.

Edgar Rodrigo Gonzalez Reyes

Terry Kennedy

Frida Lara Lizardi
Mauricio Hoyos Padilla
Tania Pelamatti
Pelagios Kakunjá

Maia McGuire
UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant

Bob Rubin
Pacific Manta Research Group

Guy Stevens
Manta Trust

George Willis

Filming and research conducted under the following permits:
CONANP F00.DRPBCPN.DIR.RBAR.-048/2017
Folio SIRCA: F00.1.DRPBCPN.-00019/2017
SEGOB Oficio n° UG/211/00093/2017
CONANP Expediente SIRCA: F00.1.DRPBCPN.-00015/2017
CONAPESCA Permiso N° PPF/DGOPA-134/15

 

Special Thanks:

Dora & Lolo Sandoval

Captain & Crew
M/V Quino El Guardian

CONANP

SEMARNAT

Reserva de la Biósfera Archipiélago de Revillagigedo

Maria Jossue Navarro Sanchez

Georgina Guadalupe Villavicencio Rousseu

Web Extras

Sharks + Mantas + Volcanoes = Revillagigedo

Majestic Mantas - Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek of our shoot in Mexico!
Music: "Another Day" by Audrey J. Drake.


Funding for this episode of Changing Seas was provided by: