03/17/2014 11:40 am ET | Updated May 17, 2014

Swimming With Mantas

This 3 Minute Postcard shows you an adventure like no other, spending the day swimming/diving with the giant reef manta rays of the Maldives.

One of the many indicators of climate change in the Maldives is the alteration of reef manta ray feeding patterns. Maldivian scuba divers, used to seeing Mantas in specific areas surrounding the islands, are noticing the mantas' behavioral patterns are changing over time. As the ocean waters change in response to climate, the mantas must adapt to find their tiny planktonic food.

The Manta Trust encourages travelers in the Maldives who take a journey to see them, to e-mail the Trust copies of their underwater manta photos and where the photos were taken. This helps scientists to track specific mantas (whose spots and streaks are just like our fingerprints), and learn more about how climate change is affecting their underwater world.

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