Travelling off the beaten track in search of Manta Rays
LAMAVE have been studying rays in the Philippines since 2012, initially in Bohol but more recently in Masbate, where an underwater sea mount is proving to be one of the most important sites for manta rays in the country. Manta Bowl is a sea mount located off the coast of Ticao Island. It lies in the middle of the Ticao Pass, a productive strait that separates Ticao Island from the Bicol Peninsula in the Philippines. The bowl ranges in depths, but is effectively a plateau around 20-30meters deep that emerges from the depths of the pass; it is surrounded by much deeper water and is a beacon for marine megafauna.