03 Dec '11, 7pm

Giant Manta Rays Get Huge Protections, Still Face Extinction (Video)

Manta Ray of Hope - Teaser 1080p from Blue Sphere Media on Vimeo . Would you eat a giant manta ray? Who does? This creature was recently listed under Appendix I and II in the Convention of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. The Convention, also known as CMS , is an international treaty organization, and the listing means member countries are obligated to provide protections for the giant rays and their habitat. Will this be enough? Well, giant mantas are already protected in several countries, but they don't use maps. That is, these creatures can migrate into unprotected waters and become victims of overfishing. They grow as large as seven meters across, aren't too fast, and tend to gather in specific locations (they're social animals). The listing is expected to result in coordinated conservation efforts to monitor the species and protect its habitat, according to WildAid...

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