This month, CNN's Call To Earth shed lights on the conservation efforts of the Maldives to the manta rays.
According to Medianet, CNN met with Beth Faulkner -the Baa atoll project manager of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project- to understand how the conservation group learns about how the conservation group learns about their reproductive traits and behavior and to identify the key patterns in their movement.
While Maldives is home to the biggest manta ray population in the world, with a population of around 5,000 manta rays, CNN is learning about the many challenges manta rays are facing around the world.
Faulkner, in her interview to CNN, stressed that in Maldives, it is the loss of their habitats that is the "most" worrying.
Further emphasizing that oceans "are warming," Faulkner said means "we’re losing a lot of our corals that surround the islands.”
She also said that she wants people to be inspired by experiencing swimming with manta rays in the wild, which is what the conservation project aims to do; get people inspired to protect them by swimming alongside them
Faulkner stated that the more people are aware of manta rays and their environment, "the more people are going to want to protect them".
By getting people to fall in love with manta rays, we can then help encourage them to make changes to make changes to their day to day life and work towards protecting not only the ocean environment, but the environments that make up our planet.Beth Faulkner, Baa atoll project manager of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project