The Patterns of the Ocean – Protecting Indonesia’s Manta Rays


Director:  Hendrik S. Schmitt
Production Country: Germany, Indonesia
Production Year։ 2018
Duration։ 45 minutes
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Manta rays are iconic giants of the sea. With very low reproductive rates, manta rays are extremely vulnerable to environmental changes and pressure from fisheries. Although manta rays are of no real commercial interest for human consumption, the gentle giants are under another threat: According to a new trend in Chinese Medicine, manta ray gill rakers allegedly cure all kinds of ailments and fetch high prices on the markets. Within only a couple of years, this demand showed a negative impact on population numbers of these fascinating creatures.