Wildbook 5.0.5-RELEASE
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Overview

Manta Matcher represents the first global manta ray database. This site was specifically designed to manage manta ray sightings and identifications across their distribution. After the success of the Wildbook for Whale Sharks database, Manta Matcher was a logical follow-up. Manta rays are widely distributed, migratory, and have unique spot patterning on their ventral surface that can be used to permanently identify individuals. At the present time, this database will enable researchers to upload and organize individually identified manta rays in their populations. This system is also intended to promote collaborations by way of cross-referencing databases to check for both regional and long distance movement.

An automated component to this site is currently in development. This component will greatly enhance the functionality of the site by allowing faster and more accurate cross- referencing.

It is our expectation that researchers will ultimately be able use sightings data to determine the abundance, trends, movements, and population structure of manta ray populations at individual aggregation sites across the globe. Using encounter photos and encounter information with mantas, you too can help update and maintain this global database.

Data Contributors

This project was the brainchild of Dr. Andrea Marshall and her team at the Marine Megafauna Association in Mozambique who have been collecting manta ray identification images across the world for the last decade. Her team's contributions are joined by multiple manta ray research programs from across the world including, Laje Viva Institute in Brazil, the Pacific Elasmobranch Foundation in Ecuador, Project Manta in eastern Australia, HAMER in Hawaii, and the Maldivian Manta Ray Project. Manta Matcher is supported by a number of agencies and organizations with additional support from a number of governments for effort in specific regions.