With the landmark CITES Confernence beginning March 3, 2013, here's an important message from our 2011 Sea Hero of the Year, Shawn Heinrichs, about his latest project, Mantas Last Dance. As an Associate Director of Manta Trust, the conservationist and filmmaker is on a global mission to ensure the protection of the species. Shawn's message:
"Mantas Last Dance is an incredible visual short love story, capturing a beautiful and never-before-seen dance with the fabulous underwater model, Hannah Fraser, and the gentle giants of the sea, Manta Rays. The time manta rays is over, lost to greed and exploitation by humans. Hannah is a wanderer, a sea gypsy, a manta ray reincarnate as person, lost to the world. Alone and searching for a time long past, she gives herself up to the sea, slowly walking into the waves and drifting into the dark abyss.
An manta glides gracefully from the darkness and approaches her, brushing close to her hand and face...and she smiles. Other mantas appear and she is united with her lost family at last. A dance begins with Hannah and the mantas emulating each others movements, a dance they have done a thousand times before.
We must act now to protect manta rays or they will be lost forever!"
We must act now to put a stop to the Manta gill trade and we can make this happen at the CITES meeting in early March. Concerned CITIZENS can sign this petition, asking this governments to vote in favor of manta ray conservation: