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Indonesian Manta ID Database is Online Now


From Bird's Head Seascape and Sarah Lewis, project leader Indonesia Manta Project and founder Indonesian Manta Project

October 20, 2015

Teaming up with the Bird's Head Seascape website and Conservation International we are excited to announce the launch of our online Bird's Head Seascape Manta ID database: a visual and interactive platform that invites you to meet the manta rays, follow our work, and contribute towards manta research.

For the past six years Manta Trust's Indonesian Manta Project has been working to better understand and protect manta rays across this vast archipelago, and one of the most important ways we do this is through the use of photo identification. Our photo ID work in the Bird's Head Seascape (BHS) began in 2011 when we teamed up with Misool Eco Resort and Papua Diving to start learning about the manta rays of Raja Ampat. Five years later it has expanded into a comprehensive research and conservation program that encompasses much of the Bird's Head Seascape, and includes a passionate team of local, national and international partners.

Our vision for the BHS Manta ID site was to give everybody the opportunity to get to know and love the BHS manta rays through an easy to use and highly visual online platform. In addition, BHS visitors can use this site to submit (and even ID) their own manta ray photos, contributing directly to our research while learning about "their" manta rays in the process. As our manta library grows so does our understanding of the manta population, each photo acting like a piece of the puzzle. Increased understanding is critical for the development of successful species conservation and we encourage BHS visitors to get involved and help us with this exciting and important research…every photo counts!

By sharing our science through this site, our hope is to inspire empathy towards these vulnerable rays and connect those people who might not otherwise be able to visit the BHS manta rays.

So please visit www.birdsheadseascape.com, scroll down to the Manta ID logo, click "Learn More" and contribute your photographs! Each of you then becomes a member of the conservation team. We need and count on your support. If you love manta rays and are concerned about their and the ocean's welfare…GET INVOLVED!


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THE HEART OF THE CORAL TRIANGLE AND OUR PLANET'S MOST BIODIVERSE MARINE ENVIRONMENT NOW HAS A HOME ON THE WEB


July 23, 2014: Site administrators, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock, along with web designers, Newmediasoup, announce the launch of www.birdsheadseascape.com. The new site is the ultimate source for information about one of the world's most popular scuba diving destinations, including Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. Besides scuba diving, the site provides information about additional sustainable tourism options, local news, conservation initiatives, groundbreaking scientific research, and stunning photography with the aim of conserving this region of West Papua, Indonesia's treasure trove of biodiversity.


Dr. Mark Erdmann, Conservation International's Vice President of Asia-Pacific Marine Programs, said, "After several years of anticipation and planning, we're delighted to unveil a one-stop, comprehensive website that captures the beauty and mind-blowing biodiversity of the Bird's Head Seascape while serving as the authoritative repository of information on this very special part of the planet. We enthusiastically invite all BHS visitors to use our interactive dive site maps and information to plan their trip, share images and experiences via this site and to explore the scientific papers and other media in our comprehensive online library. Our aim is to use this site to further encourage the growth of sustainable tourism to the Bird's Head, which we believe will ensure the region's unparalleled biodiversity remains a healthy asset for generations."


On the opening page's Featured Image and Video section, visitors can share their images and trip experiences. In the Maps section, pictures can be added to the online image library for any of the over 200 BHS dive sites mapped on www.birdsheadseascape.com. Blogs about conservation, diving, regional news and science update regularly and are archived.

Newsfeeds via Facebook and Twitter will notify followers about events taking place in the Bird's Head as well as send alerts as soon as new content and images have been posted.


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