A gentle giant in the waters off Indonesia.
Manta rays now have government protection from the threat of fishing within the archipelago‘s vast ocean.
Fishermen can make up to $500 for each ray caught. But studies suggest a single animal could generate up to $1 million in tourist revenue.
The government’s decision has been welcomed by conservationists. Manta rays are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
(Pictures: Shawn Heinrichs for WildAid and Conservation International)