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Manta Matcher the Wildbook for Manta Rays

Main Project Information
Presented By WildMe & Marine Megafauna Foundation
Goal Global online database for manta rays
Task Collect identification photos of manta rays
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Manta rays are widely distributed, migratory, and have unique spot patterning on their underside that can be used to identify individuals. MantaMatcher is the first global online manta ray database, managing manta ray sighting and identifications worldwide. Every manta ray has a unique spot pattern on their belly, that can be used to identify them over their lifetime. Any diver or snorkeler with a camera can take and upload a manta identification photo.

Researchers can also upload and organize individually identified manta rays in the regional populations they are managing. MantaMatcher also promotes collaborations by way of cross-referencing different study sites. Scientists can now examine if populations are shared between neighboring countries, examine regional and long distance movements, and examine the lifespans of manta rays.

How to Join

Take an identification photo of a manta (the belly so you can see the spot pattern), and upload the photo to Then receive updates on where your manta has been, and where it goes in the future.

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Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, Exclusively online
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags elasmobranchs, free diving, manta ray, photographs, photography, photo id, photo identification, photo-inventories, rays, scuba, scuba dive, scuba divers, scuba diving, snorkelers, snorkeling
Project Updated 05/23/2018