Saturday, December 22, 2012

Manta Rays - Info!

Likely a Reef Manta - great pic by Lill.

Great job by Shawn!

This is of course part of Manta Ray of Hope
The Mantas are hopefully slated for a positive vote at next year's CITES convention. I've not been blogging about it much because things right now continue to be very much in flux. What I hear, at least for the Mantas, is encouraging although there may be opposition due to the lack of data about the appalling gill raker trade - which would be the stupidest of arguments.
With only one baby every several years, Mantas are extremely vulnerable to overfishing and populations are not likely to rebound once fished out - so let's do something now and not only once it is too late!

Anyway, enjoy!

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