Upcoming OTC expedition – Banda Sea, 2019
MMF has on-going projects throughout the Indonesian archipelago, in locations such as Nusa Penida, Komodo and Raja Ampat. The Banda Sea is not currently one of our study sites because, as far as we know, there are no known manta ray aggregation sites in the region. However, from one off sightings on short expeditions and public submissions to MantaMatcher.org we do know that giant manta rays are encountered in the region, particularly from September to November. Regular seasonal aggregations of giant mantas occur in the lesser Sunda Islands and in Raja Ampat, however we still don’t know whether individuals travel between these locations. As the Banda Sea lies in between, these waters may hold the answer to this question.