Giant Manta Ray Conservation
September 15, 2023
Did you know that parts of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) serve as a juvenile nursery for giant manta rays?
This summer, the Texas State Aquarium, NOAA, and the Marine Megafauna Foundation embarked on an expedition that took us far beyond our home state’s shores. We traveled to East and West Flower Garden Banks within FGBNMS to help shed light on the lesser-known aspects of manta ray distribution, especially among the juvenile population. The goal of this expedition was to learn more about manta rays, their movements and habitats. By gathering knowledge, we’re working towards effective conservation strategies that safeguard manta rays and their habitats.