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Thanks to the support of @whalesharkmexico and the lifetime work of marine biologist and videographer @erick.higuera placing satellite marks and doing photo identification of Giant Pacific Mantas in Revillagigedo, now we understand much more about the complex behavior of this amazingly smart and curious fella. They show a high fidelity to the Revillagigedo Archipelago and move frequently between the islands that encompass it, the population is at least 800 individuals and growing, also Revillagigedo is a feeding, cleaning and matting area, therefore it´s huge importance in Manta conservation. Studies like this contributed in placing Revillagigedo in the scientific and political map, so it is now being protected by Mexican Marines agains illegal fishing. Now the possibility of expanding the protected area is on sight so it could become one of the so much sought after hope spots proposed by Silvia Earle @mission_blue

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Underwater Realm, Revillagigedo & Clipperton Expeditions
Thanks to the support of @whalesharkmexico and the lifetime work of marine biologist and videographer @erick.higuera placing satellite marks and doing photo identification of Giant Pacific Mantas in Revillagigedo, now we understand much more about the complex behavior of this amazingly smart and curious fella. They show a high fidelity to the Revillagigedo Archipelago and move frequently between the islands that encompass it, the population is at least 800 individuals and growing, also Revillagigedo is a feeding, cleaning and matting area, therefore it´s huge importance in Manta conservation. Studies like this contributed in placing Revillagigedo in the scientific and political map, so it is now being protected by Mexican Marines agains illegal fishing. Now the possibility of expanding the protected area is on sight so it could become one of the so much sought after hope spots proposed by Silvia Earle @mission_blue