Swimming with manta Rays in Nusa Penida, Indonesia is an awesome experience. I make sure I go with a boat guide who is ecologically aware and makes sure the people he brings don’t touch the mantas or coral.
The Blues: However, like all good things, more and more people visit, many chasing after the Mantas for selfy shots or even trying to touch them. The Mantas come to this point to feed and clean (little sucker fish hitch a ride and clean up organisms on their skin). I wonder how frightening it is to have so many people splashing around disturbing their home?
Depending on the river run off and ocean flow sometimes the feeding grounds are full of plastic. The Mantas feed with their huge filter mouths open. Even the experts were not sure how much harm the plastic was causing.
I have joined many sites that aim to get rid of plastic by reducing initial consumption, promote picking it up off the beach and recycling – like Bali-eco Pallets, making pallets out of Bali’s plastic!
Coming soon – review of organisations helping to preserve our oceans.