1.- How do we study Manta’s? We tag them and we take tissue samples and study the information it provides us with which includes, DNA, what they eat, where they travel, if they “cross-over” with other populations of Mantas, etc..
2.- There is a need for more tags. We successfully tagged 1 manta last summer in the Bay and saw the need and potential to tag a lot more but we did not have enough tags. We now have 4 tags ready for deployment this summer and need more too really see how this population of Mantas is behaving in the bay and surrounding areas.
3.- Your family name on a tag and in the history books. You are not only giving to a marine conservation project, you are getting involved. Your family’s name will go on the tag. The tag will become part of a world study being done by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Your tag name and the information it provides will be directly made reference to in presentations, web site and social media events that this project is part of. You will also get a report of what you manta did, where it went and how it interacted with the other mantas that were tagged. It is a great way to get your family personally involved in an existing marine conservation program! There is also the possibility of you going on the trip to tag your manta, and we will meet with you to provide information on what your manta has done and why this information is helping the study.
4.- What are we trying to accomplish with this study? Too little is known about our oceans. It is said that we know more about the surface of Mars then we do about our oceans. One thing we do know is that we are over exploiting and poorly managing our oceans. Studies like this will help us to better understand what needs to be done to properly preserve and manage our oceans. 80% of the earth is covered by these oceans, so we need everyone to do a little to help preserve and properly manage this asset. Mantas are threatened in Mexican waters due to by-catch and more needs to be done to protect them and the benefit they provide to the local tourist markets.
How can I donate?
100% of your donation goes to the “Fundacion Punta Mita AC” which has a designated account for the Manta Project Punta Mita. These funds are used to continue the research that is currently being conducted on the local Manta population in Bahia de Banderas and the surrounding area:
We have the following options:
1.- Tag your Manta.- $ 6,000 dollars. Please note that $ 4,000 dollars of this donation is the cost of the tag. Once you donate for a tag, we will set a date or dates for deployment. If you can be in Punta Mita for those dates (we will work with you as best possible), you can go on the trip with us to tag a Manta (all tagging is done by scientists of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography). The tag will stay on for about 6 months, come off and go to the surface and transmit the information is has (see our first tag results). Your family name will be on the tag information and in the history book of this study (credits of study).
2.- Come join us on a weekly trip to photo Mantas.- $ 450 dollars (limit 2 people per trip to accompany students and professors). We identify Mantas by the pattern on their under side. We dive with them and take photos of their bellies. We then send this information into the Scripps Data base to determine if that Manta has ever been photographed, and if so where and when. In one case a single Manta was identified 30 years after the original photo was taken! Come help us take these photos!
3.- Get a Manta Project T-Shirt.- $ 45 dollars. These shirts were donated and the entire amount goes to the Manta Project for research.
4.- Do a direct donation for any amount via the Punta Mita Foundation.
If you agree to donate today, the Punta Mita Foundation will send you an e-mail today with the pay pal information to make the donation via credit card. If you want to write a check, we will ask that if be made out to “Fundacion Punta Mita AC”. Cash donation will receive a provisional receipt at time of donation and an official receipt will be send by e-mail.