Manta Research Opportunity

Julie Hartup was on island last week performing her research as project leader of Yap Manta Project.

Along with her routine data collection, community building and guests relations, she presents her data and involves all of us in her work. These photo were taken the night after the Meet the Managers welcome cocktail toast with Bill, where Julie introduces her work with Yap’s manta data that is intresting by itself.


content4Yap’s Manta ray poplation is small in terms of population studies in Mozambiq and Maldives – however what is being learned is that studying these smaller populations, the lives of individual manatas can be studied offering new spin of manta.

Here in Yap we have mantas that have been ID’s for the past 30 years and newcomers to the database that are 30 years old. This provides researchers the abaility to look closely to the lives of individual animals from just after the birth into sexual maturity and even reproduction and the start of new manta’s lives.

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Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay more
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the more
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