Manta Ray Tracking Results

The results are in!

Last year the first ever giant Manta Ray was tagged in the northern Great Barrier Reef with a satellite tracking device donated by the Run for the Reef Fund. The device was to provide access to data on the movement of Mega Fauna around the Great Barrier Reef.

The information received now enables researches to better understand nutrient levels, currents, water quality and water temperatures in these areas.

WATCH the video below to see how they did it.

Run for the Reef Manta Ray Tagging


First Manta Ray Satellite Tagging on the Northern Great Barrier Reef

Why are we tagging Manta Ray?

Manta Ray tracking on the Great Barrier Reef



Run for the Reef & Manta Ray and Whale Sharks!


All funds raised by go directly to the James Cook University Run for the Reef research team in partnership with Biopixel who are studying the behaviour of Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.

Help us map the movement of Whale Sharks and Mantra Ray with our official public sightings interactive mapping website. Register your sightings here.

Tracking Website



The waters off the north east coast of Australia remain a mystery to scientists, with little to no data about whale sharks and manta rays in this area.  While we know these charismatic plankton feeders have a circumtropical distribution through all tropical and warm temperate seas, we don’t know much about their habitat use, population demography, movement patterns and occurrence on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Coral Sea.


Whale sharks are listed as endangered and manta rays as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.  The megamouth project aims to determine the significance of the GBR for the sustainability of these species and to identify implications for species management and conservation if whale sharks and manta rays move across international borders into territories where they are still exploited. As biological processes shift due to the changing environment, we could be losing important habitats for these species, or potentially losing these species from sections of the GBR, without knowing they were there. 



To date runners have raised over $80,000 for the Run for the Great Barrier Reef Fund


A video posted by Adam Stern (@adamfreediver) on

Meet Adam Stern:

Adam is shown in the footage above and is one of a handful of people who have swum with a Whale Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. Adam is the current Australian Free Diver Champion and is based in Cairns.

"Whale Sharks need our help please give generously to help the Run for the Reef Research Team find out why these spectacular creatures have mysteriously reduced in numbers across the planet." 

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