PHOTOS: Giant Rays' "Feeding Frenzy" Spots Protected

PHOTOS: Giant Rays'
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The Maldives (including the islands in this undated aerial photograph) is an archipelago of 1,192 tiny islands— and as of June 2009, home to three new marine protected areas.

In the new reserves only traditional bait-fishing by local fishers will be allowed, helping to protect what conservationists call one of the world's most vital populations of manta rays.
—Photograph by James L. Stanfield, NGS Image Collection
 
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