In order to celebrate the encounter of the 50th new individual in our Manta Ray Identification Project, we opened up to you to help us choose a name for this newly identified Manta Ray. We knew that you would love to be involved in this rare and precious opportunity!
Let’s get to know this special individual a bit better, shall we? This new Manta Ray was identified on 22nd January in Baa Atoll and is a female with a width of 3 meters. She was identified and assigned the code M3203. So what is the name that we have chosen for her?
We loved all the suggestions sent our way. However, Cassandra, which was proposed by Janne Schwartz on our facebook page, really stood out for us. Janne has a 3 year old granddaughter by the name of Cassandra and hopes to show her the beauty of the ocean one day.
The Manta Identification Project is an initiative very close to the hearts of our guests and associates. Towards the end of this year, we will be celebrating the second anniversary of this project. We are extremely happy to have made such a significant contribution to the Manta Trust during the short period of our participation. On our many snorkeling and diving trips from Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, we have identified 140 different Manta Rays of which 50 were new to the Maldivian database.
One of the best parts of this whole project is getting to name these gentle giants. Our guests as well as associates love to give them names that are dear and important to them. And the joy we feel when sighting the same individual again is indescribable.
Once again, we thank Janne for this beautiful new name and the thoughtful sentiment behind it. We hope that she and her family can visit us one day and get to meet Cassandra personally, as she glides gracefully through the ocean.