The Manta Rays of Nusa Penida
Global overfishing as well as hunting for their body parts, have caused both Oceanic and Reef Mantas to be classified as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List.
Manta Rays are the largest species of ray and live in tropical, subtropical, and temperate ocean waters across the world. These reef mantas have found solace on the edge of the island of Nusa Penida, separated from Bali by the Badung Strait where they feed in the plankton rich waters. Studies have found that while Mantas are worth around $500 dead; through swimming and diving experiences a single Manta ray alive, can generate one million dollars in its lifetime.