Baros Maldives invites guests to join manta ray survey

Baros Maldives has invited guests to join in its survey to identify the many manta rays that can be seen at the manta ray dive spots close to the boutique island resort.

The survey is being conducted by Divers Baros Maldives, and has resulted in different manta rays being identified and entered into the first scientific database for manta rays which is maintained by the international Manta Matcher Organisation.

Little is known about these gracious giants of the sea that fascinate divers; in the Maldives there are thought to be some 5,000 of them. A manta ray can be identified by the distinctive markings on its belly, each one being marked differently, in the manner of humans being identified by their fingerprints.

According to Baros, diving guests are invited to take photographs underwater of a manta ray’s “belly print” and compare it with the photographs already on the Divers Baros database. A diver who photographs a manta ray not seen before is offered the opportunity to give the manta a name, it said.

“The Baros Dive Centre has introduced an adoption scheme whereby the diver can receive regular reports on the manta’s whereabouts and habits,” an announcement by the resort read.

“Currently, the dive base has data on 159 manta rays recognised over 10 years. Guests who re-visit the resort have a good chance to have a reunion with a manta ray they have seen on their dives in previous years. The database, through its link with Manta Matchers, can reveal where the manta ray has been over those years. From May to November and from January to April when sightings are frequent, are the best times for guest divers to join the resort’s Manta Ray survey.”

Baros is a small coral island ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef, just 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport. It is an award-winning boutique resort renowned for discreet, personalised service excellence.

As a small leading luxury Maldives resort, Baros offers 75 tastefully designed Beach and Water Villas. With Beach Villas of classic elegance set in lush vegetation, and secluded Water Villas, many with private pools, Baros is one of the most romantic resorts in the Maldives, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Inspired by Maldivian traditions of heartfelt hospitality, Baros is a tropical island dream come true with fine cuisine and drinks served at three gourmet class restaurants, two bars, and a cigar and shisha lounge.

The recently rebranded spa at Baros, which will be open during the festive seasons as well, is located in a beautiful, lush tropical garden where serenity saturates the atmosphere, and is accessed by over-water stepping stones. It is a tranquil haven where complete well-being in body, mind and soul is made possible.

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