Appeared in DIVER March 2010
'I was in the middle of a tornado, a tornado of 200 mantas, feeding in an endless spiral,'
says Michael Aw. Oh, and there was a whale shark present, too. Hanifaru in the Maldives is the astonishing manta capital of the world, but will it get the protection it deserves?
Manta rays feed in groups of as many as 200 in Baa Atoll in the Maldives - but will this phenomenal attraction be managed in the right way?
The manta rays chain feed in a spiral that moves between 18m and close to the surface
The feeding frenzy on the first day petered out only after six hours
How many places on Earth can boast whale sharks feeding along with hundreds of manta rays?