On this week’s episode, the crew talks story with the “Manta Man” himself, Keller Laros.
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Photograph: Courtesy of Keller Laros

Gliding blissfully beneath the ocean’s floor, manta rays are a few of Hawaiʻi’s most fascinating and exquisite underwater inhabitants. And to coincide with World Manta Day on Sep. 17, the Have Aloha Will Journey crew has invited Keller Laros on to debate every part manta.

Famously recognized for his YouTube video documenting a bottlenose dolphin asking for his help to take away fishing line from its wound, which has garnered over 22 million views, Laros’s true ardour is observing, recording and attending to know the mantas that decision the Hawaiian Islands house. Beginning the Manta Pacific Analysis Basis in 2002, the nonprofit’s fundamental objective is to review manta rays of their pure habitat, conduct scientific analysis, present teaching programs for the general public about manta rays and the marine setting and to determine and promote international manta ray conservation.

So be taught all about mantas on this episode of the Have Aloha Will Journey podcast with the remainder of the crew, and pay attention in to attention-grabbing anecdotes—like how Laros by accident filmed a salacious manta mating session on certainly one of his dives and the way his first expertise with manta shifted the course of Laros’s life. (We’ve additionally beforehand interviewed Laros for a Q&A in HAWAIʻI Journal again in 2019.) And if you wish to become involved with manta conservancy or simply educate your self extra on these stunning creatures, be part of Laros and the Manta Pacific Analysis Basis on the Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa on Hawaiʻi Island for a day of coastal cleanups and manta talks with specialists within the area.

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