Volunteer to monitor coral reefs and marine megafauna in Tofo, Mozambique.

The Great Projects

Who: The Great Projects

Where: Tofo, Mozambique

Focus: Monitor coral reefs and marine megafauna including whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and migrating humpback whales:

  • Take part in research dives and collect and collate scientific data on a wide range of flagship species. This data is used to evaluate their international conservation status.
  • Join estuary research snorkelling trips, megafauna research talks and daily research activities.
  • Identify and log manta ray sightings and photo ID reef and giant mantas.
  • Identify and log whale shark sightings. Take ID photos, help tag the sharks and gather information such as sex, behaviour and specific characteristics such as scarring.
  • Monitor humpback whales from the beach and by boat, and assess the health of the population.
  • Monitor turtles and gather data on sightings and nesting positions.

When: All year round | Start project any day of the year.

Best time to join: Marine life is seasonal and the project focus changes accordingly:

  • All year round: Bottle nosed dolphins, humpback dolphins, bow mouth guitar sharks, reef sharks, small eyed stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and three species of turtle can be spotted.
  • January – March: Reef manta ray mating season. Whale sharks are present but with slightly fewer sightings than in other months. Bottle nosed dolphin numbers are higher.
  • March – June: Giant Oceanic Manta rays are in greater abundance. Whale shark sightings are more infrequent.
  • June – October: Humpback whale season with hundreds migrating through the area. Bull sharks arrive at the beginning of October.
  • October – January: Peak season for whale sharks and other sharks including white tips, hammerheads and bull sharks. Turtle breeding season including loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback species.

Duration: 2-16 weeks

Suitability: 18+

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