The early bird catches… the fish?

Repeating visitors of Manta Ray Bay Resort might be familiar with the Grey Reef Shark nursery at the “Elbow“ in Mi’l Channel. After almost 25 years of diving Yap, we never had the opportunity to witness a shark giving birth. However, the pregnant females off the Western side seem to either stay close to our dive spot Yap Corner, or even venture into Mi’l Channel to deliver.

Normally, aggregations of neonatal specimens, or the “baby shark tornado“ as we like to call it, shows up by February. Apparently, this year our shark ladies were a bit early – the first baby sharks already frequent the sheltered “Elbow“, and we also saw a few of these two-feet-long fellows off the steep walls off the West coast, which is rather unusual as this area is also home to large silvertips sharks with the occasional oceanic shark coming in. Brave boys!

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You might ask yourself “How the heck can I distinguish a baby shark from an adult on the pictures without having a benchmark in the background?!“ Apart from their obvious cuteness… in a similar fashion to puppies, sharks do also show “small child patterns“ – just check out the size of their fins and eyes with respect to their slender bodies.

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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 better.read 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 too.read 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 here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
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 restaurant.read more
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