The fascinating Manta Rays of Baa Atoll – Explore the depths of the captivating sea…

More than 40% of the Maldivian manta ray population is found in Baa Atoll. Hundreds of these marine animals together with whale sharks gather each year to take advantage of the zooplankton found in the atoll’s bays.

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About Manta Rays

Manta rays, just like sharks, belong to the elasmobranch group. These creatures have existed for 5 million years and are closely related to the other rays you’ll find throughout the ocean. There are two species of manta rays, out of which the Resident Reef Manta Rays are found within Baa Atoll, aggregation period. Due to their flat bodies, they’re commonly referred to as ‘flat sharks’. Manta rays feed on plankton and are believed to live up to 50 years in the wild.

Baa Atoll

You’ll find Baa Atoll located just north of Ari Atoll, and is one of the best areas to spot manta rays and whale sharks. While you’re holidaying at The Nautilus Maldives or any other nearby luxury resort in Maldives, the local marine life is bound to lure you to this atoll. In 2011, the entire Baa Atoll received UNESCO World Biosphere Status, as the atoll houses one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.

Best time to visit

It’s said that the best time to visit the Maldives is during the months of January through May because of the northeast monsoon. It is from June to November that you’ll find hundreds of manta rays and whale sharks at the atoll.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+

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