Winter Dive Reports

IMG_2517 It’s manta diving season in full swing.

Today I volunteered some bottom time to Julie Hartup’s research on Micronesia’s mantas by being her lens in the field.

There’s a couple of things in particular that are on her radar – specifically two pregnant mantas, as well as  status updates on the cleaning station locals.

Wintertime research is easy, the mantas are here in large numbers and are interacting… it’s the season for Yap’s dancing mantas.

As the data stacks up scientists are able to look into the lives of these animals.

We’re expecting a baby manta soon. This pregnancy was first identified by mating scars on the individual a year ago, and finally she was showing in her ID shots, now “Munzinger” is gliding the lagoon looking ready to pop.

We’re waiting to see these females with normal profiles and then hopefully an encounter with a meter-wide manta that will join the database and we can watch it grow up. Mating scars from this year on other females are also good signs for Yap’s mantas.

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One thing we learned at the science workshops during Manta Mania was to look for signs of local threats, such as fishing nets and shark injuries.

Consistency with the manta ID photography helps track the lives and the condition of our mantas – shown here is a manta with a small injury still healing on it’s markings.

Days like these are the full-promise manta experience. On the surface interval guests were raving about a ball of mantas dancing in the blue just before the boat in three languages.

On dives like these, you’re ducking mantas. Boys, girls, pregnant ones, and soon, a baby.

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The value of data is accumulative. Each time a ray is sighted, ID’d and indexed into the database a conservation and management tool is strengthened. Photographers can help researchers by providing a belly shot with a location and time/date stamp then emailing it to manta-id@mantaray.com.

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Get Involved

manta-maniaTo learn more about Yap’s mantas, sharks and marine mammals as well as an opportunity to perform research, check out next year’s citizen science symposium and media party – Manta Mania.

We are finalizing the list of presenting scientists and upgrading the symposium package with a cultural tour.

Divers are learning from the region’s leading scientists on big animal conservation, diving the best sites Yap has to offer, enjoying the Island’s beaches at private parties, attending daily workshops on how these animals are being protected and learning how this kind of research plays a critical role in marine conservation.

Julie Hartup’s research and the Yap manta project was instrumental assisting the local EPA in creating a management plan and drafting legal regulations for the original 2008 sanctuary laws protecting these animals.

Join the fun, join the research and learn how your dive can help conserve a precious resource.

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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
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
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