The Patterns of the Ocean February 27, 2018

Protecting Indonesia’s Manta Rays

In their latest documentary, The Jetlagged accompany manta ray researcher Elitza Germanov (Marine Megafauna Foundation) on a field trip in Komodo in Indonesia. Manta ray numbers are declining because their gills have recently become a dubious trend in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Numerous conservation efforts are taking place to protect the gentle ocean giants, including “Citizen Science” projects to identify individuals by their unique spot patterns on their bellies.

The filmmakers document the efforts of scientists and conservationists in Indonesia like Elitza Germanov and Sarah Lewis (Indonesian Manta Project/Manta Trust), who are working tirelessly to save these beautiful animals from extinction.

F E S T I V A L   S C R E E N I N G S:

International Ocean Film Festival, 2018, San Francisco (USA) – WORLD PREMIERE
ADEX Dive Expo
, Dedicated to Sharks, 2018, Singapore
International Wildlife Film Festival, 2018, Missoula (USA)
Elements International Environmental Film Festival, 2018, Vancouver (Canada)

Tanjung Luar fishmarket footage with mantas, mobulas and sharks by Steve Woods and Adrienne Gittus
Dried manta ray gills footage by Alex Hofford.

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