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
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