Manta Rays, Database, Photo identification, Technology in marine conservation, Conservation technology
Manta Matcher is a global online database for manta rays. It is one of the Wildbook Web applications developed by Wild Me, created in partnership with Dr. Andrea Marshall of the Marine Megafauna Foundation. Manta rays have unique spot patterning on their undersides, which allows for individual identification. Scuba divers upload their manta identification photographs to the Manta Matcher website, supporting global research and conservation efforts. Manta Matcher is a pattern-matching software. This citizen science tool is free to use by researchers worldwide.