Mantas and Mobula Rays on red list now
Posted 21 November 2005 - 05:25 AM
IUCN list now includes mantas and other rays
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Posted 24 November 2005 - 01:04 AM
Just when I thought I never wanted to see a manta again,
I didn't see one today...but i did see some yesterday, and i will again tomorrow...
I never get sick of em...
Wow, that is big news to see they are on the way to being a protected species in some places. Thats great.
It is incredible to see how many of these critters are slaughtered as bycatch...
Tell ya what Drew, i will let you sleep on my couch in Feb if you want to see 30 having a big group shag....
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 05:48 PM
As the report states, it's true that Indonesian fishermen still regularly take mantas. This is a big problem at Lamalera (West Flores), where the artisanal (traditional gear) sea hunters often take mantas when they can't get a small whale or dolphin - it's difficult to say which is worse. There is also an emerging export market to China for the gill rakers, which is a potentially devastating development.
The manta population in Komodo National Park is in pretty good shape, numbering about 100 individuals (though it's unclear if this is a quasi-permanent population or just the usual number). It's not uncommon to see mantas with broken off harpoon heads or other fishing gear. And the small resident group at Nusa Penida (near Bali) is there every day, and very friendly.
Manta under cliffs at Manta Point, Nusa Penida, Bali, taken with Magic Filter, November 2005.
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