Book Review: Guide to the Manta & Devil Rays of the World by Guy Stevens, Daniel Fernando, Marc Dando and Guiseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
Manta and Devil Rays sit at the very top of many diver’s bucket list species of large marine life they would like to encounter whilst diving or snorkelling around the world. They are other-worldly creatures, with wing-spans that can sometimes take your breath away. A recent encounter that I had with a Manta in Socorro made me want to learn so much more about these animals and this lovely book is where I turned to do just that.
The book covers a host of information, including identification, feeding, predation, mating & their conservation, as well as a handy guide to how you should swim with them without disturbing their natural behaviour. It is packed with wonderful images and illustrations that go hand in hand with the information that each chapter provides. One of my favourite chapters, which is about feeding, demonstrates this perfectly, with images of the rays feeding using various strategies, along with an illustration to explain it all. This combination of media provides a wonderful visual explanation of the text within each chapter.
The final few chapters of the book cover the threats to Mantas and Devil Rays around the world and what is being done to protect them. In fact, just buying this book helps in their conservation, as the royalties go to the Manta Trust. The research and production of the book was supported by Save Our Seas. The authors’ passion for their subject and the importance of global conservation efforts shines through. This book works for many manta enthusiasts, whether you are a diver who just wants to know more about them, or a biologist working in the field, this is a book you will want in your collection.
The publication is a quality paperback with 144 pages of information about mantas, with images from a host of talented photographers as well as many beautiful illustrations. Published by Wild Nature Press. It is available from all the usual outlets.
Authors: Guy Stevens, Daniel Fernando, Marc Dando and Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
Publication date: 14th May 2018
Paperback with gatefolds
Size: H 215mm x W 171mm
For more information visit the Wild Nature Press website: www.wildnaturepress.com.