The pictures below tell the story of the Manta's Last Dance, the first ever fashion/manta ray conservation shoot photographed by Shawn Henrichs in February 2013 in Kona, Hawaii. The objective of the shoot was to present the beauty of the manta rays and their tendency to interact with humans in the hope of inspiring people to conserve and protect this magnificent animal.
These images are part of the Shark Savers' and WildAid Manta Ray of Hope Campaign which works to build public support and delegate votes for mantas at the 2013 CITES conference, and includes the Manta's Last Dance video, and a manta ray conservation Public Service Announcement featuring Sir Richard Branson. To see the videos and learn more about the campaign, click here.
Please join us in our fight to protect mantas by donating to the Manta Ray of Hope Campaign and adding your signature to the global petiiton asking governments to vote in favor of manta ray conservation.
To read photographer Shawn Heinrich's full blog and the "Making Of Manta's Last Dance" video, click here