‘Manta Watch – Discovering Aotearoa’s Gentle Giants’ OFFICIAL TRAILER 
We’re stoked to launch the trailer for our first short documentary in collaboration with the very excellent Salty Slate Ltd. This salty offering is jam packed with phenomenal footage of oceanic manta in Aotearoa’s waters, and features interviews with our incredible Manta Watch team… committed to studying and raising awareness for these highly intelligent, globally endangered, gentle giants. Proudly produced in collaboration with Salty Slate Ltd.
Calling all citizen scientists – here’s what you need to know when encountering a manta in NZ.
In the event you encounter a manta, there are a few key pieces of info we need to get the most out of your sighting:
– Time & Date
– GPS Location
– Verification images/videos (the more the better)
– Images of the manta ray’s underside/belly, which we can then use to identify individual rays and determine their sex.
Please submit your sightings to via our online sightings map.
Lots of manta action at the Alderman Islands this 2022 season!
Video credit: Caleb Hines
Research grade drone and in-water footage of Derro the manta.
Video credit: The Hunters Club
Check out Devon’s high speed slow motions manta flip.
Video credit: Mike Bhana
A young manta encountered at the Poor Knights, November 2017
Video credit: Canadasam101
Debbie is a Manta Watch NZ favourite, she’s a BIG female and was encountered off Red Mercury Island in 2019.
Video credit: Rowan Virbrickas
Manta Soup at Tutukaka – Feb 2022 – check out that baby bump!
Video credit: Sophiavsea
Manta encounter at the Poor Knights 2018. Evidence of negative interaction with fishing gear.
Vidoe credit: Dive Tutukaka
Devil Ray Blue Water Party!
Video credit: Slade Kerr
2012 manta ray encounter with kingfish entourage at the Poor Knights.
Video credit: Raymond Hamlin
MWANZ combines dedicated research and citizen science to learn more about Aotearoa’s oceanic manta and devil rays. We advocate for Aotearoa New Zealand’s oceanic ecosystems through research, conservation, education, and collaboration.