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Flossy Barraud  MSc student @ Uni of York studying Marine Environmental Management 🐠🦈🐳🌞

Me and @jensanimalinstincts taking some time out to practise our mermaidin' πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ™πŸ¬πŸ‘Œ photo cred @tholhat
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#mantas #mantaray #freedive #selfie #love #ocean #research #travel #explore #snorkelling #science #marinebiology #baaatoll #maldives

As part of my MSc research with @mantatrust I have been helping out on a marine education program for students in a local school. The other day we celebrated the start of the program and took the kids for a snorkelling lesson. It was the first time a lot of them had seen under the ocean using masks and fins, and they loved it! We will be taking them on fieldtrips to snorkel on coral reefs and with manta rays as part of the program, which is so exciting for all of us. Photo of the lessons by drone courtesy of @s.hilbourne πŸ¬πŸ πŸŸπŸ¦ˆπŸ™πŸš.
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Cheeky unicorn fish trying to get in on the manta action the other day πŸ¦„πŸŸ .
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πŸ‘ to πŸ‘ with a majestic #mantaray munching on some plankton, the tiny things you can see buzzing in the water around her. Despite manta rays' massive size (up to 3.5m for reef mantas and 7m wingspan for oceanic) they feed on tiny plankton, sieving it from the water using their gills. Nom nom 😍 .
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A manta ray barrel rolls to feed on an especially rich patch of plankton, today at #Hanifaru bay. πŸŒβ˜€οΈπŸ¬ .
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Mass feeding of manta rays at Hanifaru Bay 😍. I spent an incredible few hours trying to get the photo IDs of as many mantas as possible amongst the crazyness today.. the water is thick with plankton the mantas have aggregated to feed on. Unforgettable 🌏 .
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This morning I identified my first #mantaray - the female with a shark bite we saw yesterday. We use the unique patterns of spots in the area between the gill slits to identify the manta, as well as it's sex and any mating scars or bites, if it has been seen before and is in the catalogue. I love that she was called Sassy!! Here's to many many more 🌊🌊🌊 #SASSY #weneedamantaemoji .
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Yesterday's playful spinner dolphins 🐬 the best of days on placement in the #Maldives 🌏
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Second manta at the cleaning station today! Manta rays visit 'cleaning stations' for their regular spa fix... fish like cleaner wrasse flock to visiting mantas to eat parasites. This symbiotic relationship breeds only winners. Incredible 🌏. .
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What a day 🌞 this large female #mantaray had a shark bite injury to her left pectoral fin, and came swooping up under me taking me by surprise. Such a beauty ! .
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Only one manta in the last couple days (which was a beauty) so instead I have been revisiting my clam obsession... look at that blue though 😍 .
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