Manta Trust Expedition to Misool: December 8 - 15 2016 & December 15 - 22 2016

Did you know that sightings of oceanic mantas has increased by TWENTY-FIVE times since 2010? If you'd like to learn more while diving on the world's richest reefs, join our Manta Trust Expedition this December.

On this expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to experience and participate in key conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals. Our resident Marine Biologist and founder of the Misool Manta Project, Calvin Beale, will be joined by Manta Trust scientist Isabel Ender for two consecutive7-night expeditions. They will be collecting photographic identification images of all mantas encountered during the expedition - a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to participate in.

Every manta sighting is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals. All new manta rays will be added to the database and guests will be invited to name these new mantas.

Guests will also be treated to a series of evening lectures. Space is limited, so contact us now to reserve your spot!

 

 

Born in Germany and raised in Africa, Isabel fell in love with the ocean the minute she took her first breath underwater. After graduating with a joint honours degree in Biology and Management in the UK, Isabel traveled to South East Asia to explore the fascinating underwater world and between 2007–2009 repeatedly returned to Indonesia to work as a PADI scuba diving instructor.

In 2010 Isabel left her job at a multinational company to work for the Save Our Seas Foundation. Based in London, she was responsible for marketing and coordinating projects ranging from Palau to Mozambique. A year later, Isabel moved to Australia to complete a M.Sc. in Marine Biology at James Cook University. With the Great Barrier Reef in her backyard she immediately felt at home and after graduating became the project leader for the Queensland swim-with minke whales ecotourism program.

Yet mantas secretly remained her favourites, and in 2013 Isabel came to the Maldives to meet the Maldivian Manta Ray Project team. Isabel has since developed a number of educational materials, organised and participated in a research expedition to West Africa and established a new Manta Trust liveaboard partnership in the Maldives.

In 2014 she took on the role of Head of Conservation Strategy for the Manta Trust. Her primary focus is to coordinate the Manta Trust Global Mobulid Programme, which includes workshops to implement CITES legislation, support for Mobula CMS and CITES listing and public engagement/outreach towards local communities to encourage the development of alternative livelihoods. In June 2014, Isabel participated in an IUCN workshop to develop a Global Devil and Manta Ray Conservation Strategy, which is already proving incredibly useful for aligning the Manta Trust objectives with the globally agreed vision to protect these beautiful, charismatic rays.

calvin beale

Calvin's first encounter with diving was in a chilly swimming pool in England. He completed his Dive Master training in Mexico, about which time he realised that a career in computer science and artificial intelligence was not for him. He quickly changed course, completing his dive Instructor course in a lake in the UK and started his degree program in Coastal Marine Biology at Hull University.

Upon completing his degree, Calvin took a job with a conservation organisation in the Wakatobi, and then later moved to Raja Ampat to teach the Fisheries Department staff how to dive. Shortly there after, Calvin moved to Komodo and started the Komodo Manta Project. After joining the Misool Eco Resort team in 2011, Calvin founded the Misool Manta Project. His extensive population data on the mantas found in the waters surrounding Misool Eco Resort was a key factor in the creation of a nationwide ban on manta-hunting in 2015.

 

 
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