Enjoy Christopher Barlett’s brilliant gallery celebrating the Manta Ray. Mantas have recently been included on the CITES Apppendix II (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). This means measures may be put in place to regulate the international trade of their body parts. This is essential as manta rays are principally targeted for their highly valued gill plates, which are used in unfounded Chinese medicine remedies.
Also critical is protecting their natural habitat, reducing ocean pollution and the habitat damage caused by global warming. Around the world, people are becoming more aware that taking care of our oceans is at the core of preserving our world and making it a better one for future generations.
Christopher Bartlett, Ecology Global Network’s Water Science Adviser is a nomadic soul who was led to water and drank it in avidly. From a teenage spear-fisherman in Brittany’s Atlantic Ocean, to ten years teaching at faculties in France, and travels to many parts of the world as an underwater photojournalist, a combination of wanderlust, curiosity, and deep-rooted desire to understand drives Christopher. He has lived in France, South Africa, the UK, and the Netherlands. Christopher is also a qualified field guide and leads expeditions and safaris to Africa several times a year. He organizes tailor-made dive andsafari trips to his favorite parts of the world through www.indigosafaris.com. Some of his favorite images can be seen at www.bartlettimages.com.