Richard Stokes

During the summer months, Save The Med’s scientific team are back in the blue, studying the giant devil rays (Mobula mobular) of the Balearic Sea through observation, DNA sampling and satellite tagging. To date, the team has observed more than 120 individuals and recorded very interesting social behaviours as well as dive profiles down to 600m of depth! Their current focus lies on understanding the relationship between the presence of giant devil rays in the area and the oceanographic factors that may contribute to it, ultimately helping to develop a conservation strategy for the species and help protect their habitats.