We picked a winner! And Manta Ray M3203 has been baptized Cassandra

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?

Drum roll,please…………………………………………..

CASSANDRA!

Manta Ray M3203 - newly named Cassandra

Manta Ray M3203 – newly named Cassandra

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.

Manta Ray M3203 - newly named CASSANDRA on  January 22nd 2014

Manta Ray M3203 – newly named CASSANDRA on
January 22nd 2014

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.

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2 responses to “We picked a winner! And Manta Ray M3203 has been baptized Cassandra

  1. Thousand thanks for the chosen Cassandra, we are all in the family very honored by the election.
    I would be happy to get back to Dhuni Kolhu with my family and have a look for the beautiful manta Cassandra <3
    Next year I am 50 years old, so I'm perhaps inviting the family to Dhuni Kolhu :-)

    • Dear Janne,
      We thank you for selecting such a wonderful name for this beautiful Manta Ray! We’re certain that your granddaughter will glide just as gracefully and effortlessly through the years as “our” Cassandra!

      And what better way to celebrate your milestone next year than to spend quality time with your family on an idyllic stretch of beach in the midst of the Indian Ocean! We hope to see you then! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here or talk directly to our marine biologist Chiara at marine.biologist@cococollection.com to schedule a meeting with Cassandra during your next stay at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu!

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