Maldives, home to the largest manta ray population in the world has received global recognition in its conservation efforts after CNN's Call To Earth shed light on this work.
Manta Rays are a very common sight in Maldivian waters as it is believed that Maldives is home to around 5,000 manta rays.
CNN showcased the conservation efforts taking place in Maldives to protect the manta rays, as part of its commitment to reporting on the environmental challenges facing the planet, along with the solutions.
CNN met with Beth Faulkner, who is the manager of the Baa Atoll Project named Maldivian Manta Ray Project to understand how the conservation group learns about their reproductive traits and behavior and to identify the key patterns in their movement.
CNN stated that it learned about the many challenges manta rays are facing around the world.
“Here in Maldives it’s the loss of their habitats that we’re most worried about,” said Faulkner. “The oceans are warming, which means we’re losing a lot of our corals that surround the islands.”
Faulkner also told CNN that she wants people to be inspired by experiencing swimming with manta rays in the wild.