…well, in a way. I never wanted children. However, for a good cause, I’ve adopted a wonderful creature.
Meet my kid:
Isn’t she a BEAUTY?
Melusine is a 4m wide melanistic female Reef Manta. I have adopted her and made a donation to the marine megafauna foundation.
Why am I doing this?
The MMF works on the conservation and research about marine megafauna such as Mantas, Sharks, Turtles and Marine Mammals.
All these animals are important to the marine ecosystem, but all more or less endangered. Mantas, for example, are long-lived and have a low reproduction rate. They are threatened in various ways, by plastic waste ingested with the plankton, injuries caused by nets, and they are actively hunted because with their gill-rakers they provide another sought-after ingredient in traditional chinese medicine.
Ever since my first encounter with Mantas, I am fascinated by these gentle, curious, graceful and completely harmless creatures. I want to do my humble part in protecting them.
I met Steph Venables, who is doing genetic research for the MMF on Raja Ampat Mantas, and she kindly found Melusine for me. Maybe some day, I will encounter my kid somewhere in Raja Ampat.
I’m proud to be a Manta Mom.
You, too, can do this, or even adopt a Whale Shark. Go to marinemegafauna.org and donate!