Mad About Mantas? Adopt your very own!
Our Adopt a Manta program enables you to support the conservation of these extraordinary marine species in Raja Ampat – one of the few locations on earth where both reef and oceanic manta rays can be found.
Unfortunately, the future of manta rays on our planet is at risk. Threats such as illegal fishing – driven by the increasing demand for manta gill rakers in Asian medicine markets – bycatch, marine pollution & debris and mass tourism development all significantly impact manta ray populations around the world. Manta rays also have one of the slowest reproductive strategies of all sharks and rays, meaning that it is almost impossible for populations to recover naturally once depleted.
Both species of manta ray are currently listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN, with potential shift to ‘endangered’ status imminent. With so much still unknown about these enigmatic marine creatures, the race is on to deepen our understanding of these beautiful animals in order to offer adequate protection and save them from extinction.
By adopting a manta you enable us to collaborate with the Marine Megafauna Foundation and help to fund essential research that seeks to further our understanding of Raja Ampat's manta rays, through ongoing population monitoring, identification of critical habitats and advising on more effective management & protection.
Adopt a Manta and you will receive
Naming rights: the opportunity to name one of these beautiful creatures whatever you like
Adoption certificate: an (electronic) adoption certificate
Sightings Notifications: an email notification every time a sighting of your manta is logged
Fact File: a fact file of information about manta ray ecology & conservation
Manta Matcher listing: Your name and photo will also be featured on your mantas individual profile page on MantaMatcher.org, so the world can see your contribution to manta research.
Adoptions can also be given as gifts to anyone else you know that is Mad about Mantas. Join us in our crusade to secure manta rays a future on our planet!
Meet your Manta Match
From the outgoing to shy, bold to boisterous, each of these mantas has their own 'unique' personality... read on and find your perfect manta match!
ID Number: INRA0152B
Name - you decide!
Beautiful yet camera shy, this mature female oceanic manta ray has only been sighted once at Blue Magic in 2017. The perfect manta for a human of same nature.
Likes: living a private life with just a few close manta friends
Dislikes: people who only see her beauty and chase her in fast moving groups to get a photo
Click Here to Adopt INRA0152B
ID Number: INRA0022A
Name: it's up to you, but choose wisely - he's stuck with it for life
He’s all Man(ta)! This handsome fella was temporarily named Allan by scientists, and was first encountered in June 2013, and sighted 11 times since then, each time in the Dampier Strait
Likes: cruising the Dampier Strait looking for pretty lady mantas
Dislikes: when humans get too close to the lady mantas and chase them all away
Click Here to Adopt INRA0022A
ID Number: INRA0300A
Name: has many nicknames, you can pick her official title
A mature female reef manta, she’s Raja Ampat’s manta ray equivalent of the ‘Girl About Town’. First sighted in 2014, she been seen every year seen, 9 times in fact, and of course each time in the ‘must-be-seen’ hip and cool locations. INRA0300A is super friendly, and likes to get up close and say hello to humans she knows love and respect all life in the sea!
Likes: humans who understand how to behave around a lady (manta or otherwise)
Dislikes: disrespectful humans who try to pat her
Click Here to Adopt INRA0300A
Name: Calls himself Batman.. no-one else does though, his naming rights are yours!
This young fella is an adult male melanistic reef manta, seen 10 times (9 times at Manta Rock and Ridge). INRA0252A is pretty slick, and even appears to have a Batman shaped “ tattoo” between his gills! We think he should meet INRA0300A – they’d get along well.
Likes: getting groomed at local cleaning stations – he like to look good
Dislikes: Jokers who drops plastic on the ground or in the sea with villainous intent (actually… anyone who drops plastic on the ground or in the sea, with or without villainous intent)
Click Here to Adopt INRA0252A
ID Number: INRA0154B
Name: yours to decide
This mature female Oceanic manta ray is the original “Mama Manta” (as opposed to our friend and manta scientist Steph, affectionately called the same name). She has been spotted twice at Blue Magic in 2017, and both times she was pregnant! (raising more questions than answers about manta pregnancies and birth!)
Likes: the magic that baby mantas bring, and wellness treatments at Blue Magic Cleaning station
Dislikes: when humans get inside the cleaning station and disrupt her treatment
Click Here to Adopt INRA0154B
ID Number: INRA0064A
Name: still unknown, you choose!
A mature, melanistic female reef manta ray first sighted in Dec 2013, and has since been recorded at 4 different sites in the Dampier Strait region. Likes to observe from a distance but needs to get to know you before she trusts you
Likes: those who understand the value of patience in a relationship
Dislikes: when people try to get too close too fast
Click Here to Adopt INRA0064A
Information for Adopters
During the adoption process you will be asked to forward the following information:
- your name, or the name of the person adopting the manta
- the name you would like to give your adopted manta
- a photo of yourself or the person adopting the manta
- a small paragraph about why you decided to adopt a manta
- contact email
Provision of this information will enable us to finalise the adoption of your manta ray.
Your adoption will be processed using MantaMatcher, a third party platform developed in collaboration with Dr Andrea Marshall, Principal Scientist MMF Manta Ray Program, and uses Wildbook; an open source software framework for both scientists and citizen scientist to support collaborative social ecology studies, mark-recapture & molecular ecology.