“The metaphorical phrase ‘finding a needle in a haystack’ has be used on much more than one occasion to describe how researchers can feel when they are searching for manta rays. Around here, one might even go as far to consider them somewhat of a ‘unicorn of the sea’ – since most Kiwis have not seen this species in New Zealand waters.

Check out this great Manta write up by Sara Kulins for the Hauraki Gulf Forum featuring our lastest research findings from our 2022 summer season.