You can help photograph,
identify and protect mantas and other rays!

How it works

11,503 identified individuals

38,143 reported encounters

146 contributors

Why we do this

“MantaMatcher will revolutionize global research on these threatened rays and help change the way field researchers approach scientific research on wild animals by means of successful and meaningful public involvement.” - Dr. Andrea Marshall, co-founder

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How can I help out of the water

If you are not getting into the blue, there are still other ways to get engaged.

Adopt a manta

  • Support individual research programs in different regions
  • Receive email updates when we resight your adopted manta
  • Display your photo and a quote on the manta’s page in our database
Learn more about adopting a manta

Meet an adopter:Jennifer Flynn

After visiting Raja Ampat, one of very few locations where one can spot a Reef Manta and a Giant Manta together in one dive site, I became enthralled by the majestic creatures that fly through the ocean with a astounding beauty, grace and tranquility. As with many endangered species on this planet, the Manta Rays are in need of global attention so that they do not become extinct. I was so excited to have the privilege of identifying a beautiful pregnant female Manta who allowed me to snap a clear "belly shot". So it was only fitting that I adopt her and make her a member of my family. I am honoring her with the lovely name of my dear grandmother and so her name shall be: Mollie Margulies Flynn (aka Mollie the Manta). In Hebrew, Mollie (Malcha) means "Queen". She is truly a queen to behold! Welcome the family, Mollie!