A few weeks ago, we sent you a call for manta sightings along east Australia as the mantas were not around at North Stradbroke Island for about 2 months in December and January. This is normally the peak aggregation period at this location. Your helpful replies informed us that the mantas seemed to have been in mass numbers around Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island, which is quite unusual for the season. Also few mantas were sighted further south (NSW), when they usually are only sighted in February.
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.