**To view this film with VR360 functionality please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xsu5uiDVg0
Danny Copeland's film The Mini Mantas of Maria resulted in the protection of mobulid rays by CITES in October of 2016. Danny and the Manta Trust team traveled to South Africa to attend the CITES conference where they showed the film to delegates attending the conference in an effort to gain protection for this ray species. After watching the video the votes of the delegates came rolling in, and on October 3, 2016 protection was granted for the mobulid rays. Learn more about ths project here.