From DAN Asia Pacific
Palau, one of the Pacific’s hidden gems, is made up of both volcanic islands and over 400 uninhabited mushroom-shaped limestone islands. Winding through its outer reefs to its inner lagoons lies an assortment of channels bringing with it food, nutrients and plankton. One of Palau’s most famous channels is German Channel, a 45-minute boat ride from Koror (Palau’s main island) in the southern lagoon.
Here, during the months of November to December, aggregations of 10 to 15 mantas can be seen feeding on plankton in the late afternoon on incoming tides. Not only is this place special for witnessing this behaviour, it also has nearby cleaning stations, where mantas come to be rid of parasites.
Around April the mantas take advantage of the current and move to the northern islands, feeding and mating in large numbers. At certain times, at key sites, it is possible to see aggregations of anywhere from 25 to 50 mantas feeding in huge trains.