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Meet the team: Razaque Quive

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Conservation Education Marine Biology Microplastics Mozambique Nemos Pequenos Swim School Tofo Beach

How did you come to work for MMF?   I am from a small village called Chokwe in the Gaza Province that is 90 kilometers from the ocean. I went to university to get a bachelor’s degree in education and teaching. I wanted to go to university because it is one of the best ways […]

Record-breaking citizen science in Raja Ampat

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Field Notes Indonesia Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Volunteer

By Steph Venables   Masks on. Regs in. On my count, one, two, three, go!   It’s hard to beat the excitement just before a dive, especially if it’s a survey dive at a manta aggregation site. Will we see mantas? How many? Will they stick around? Will they be new individuals, or old favorites? […]

Madagascar: Whale Sharks In The Land Of Lemurs

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Field Notes Madagascar Research in Action Shark Science Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce   Madagascar isn’t just about lemurs and chameleons. Although to be fair, it’s quite a bit about lemurs and chameleons.   Chameleon. He comes and goes.   And a giant day gecko, because OMG.   Now that I’ve got them out of my system…   Madagascar is a global biodiversity hotspot. After […]

Meet the Team: Elitza Germanov

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Indonesia Manta Rays Marine Biology Microplastics Research in Action

Having worked with MMF’s manta ray team since 2014 as a student researcher, Elitza (Ellie) Germanov tells us a bit more about herself…   What is your project about? Forming the basis of my PhD, the Microplastics and Megafauna project looks at the implications of microplastic pollution on large plankton-feeders such as manta rays and […]

Whale Shark & Entourage: All The Pretty Fishies

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Field Notes Mafia Island Photo Essays Research in Action Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce     One of the fairly unique things about Mafia Island, Tanzania is the sheer number of fish that are frequently associated with the whale sharks.     The sharks, and the small fish, are all chasing the same prey: small (~1 cm) sergestid shrimps. When the shrimp move inshore over summer, […]

The problem with plastic

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Microplastics Plankton

One of the biggest killers of marine megafauna is the amount of plastic in the oceans. This can be anything from plastic bags to plastic bottles to the microbeads found in some toothpastes and body scrubs.     It might seem surprising that something as small as microbeads can be so harmful to animals like […]

Event Horizon: Whale Sharks & Trichodesmium

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Field Notes Mafia Island Photo Essays Research in Action Tanzania Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce   On one day during this year’s field season on Mafia Island, Tanzania we had a pretty weird and epic experience.  There was a huge bloom of Trichodesmium cyanobacteria.   What is Trichodesmium? Well, I Googled it so you don’t have to.   Everybody knows that Trichodesmium is the only known diazotroph […]

Tagging Amazingly Huge Whale Sharks in the Galapagos Islands

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Features Galapagos Marine Biology Photo Essays Research in Action Shark Science Whale Sharks

By Simon Pierce   Roll off the boat, swim frantically to the bottom, cling to a rock. Welcome to diving at Darwin Arch, Galapagos. There’s a lot of water moving past this place. I know that the conditions I had on the last dive, just a couple of hours ago, are no preparation for what […]

Microplastics & Megafauna on the Road

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Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Marine Biology Microplastics Volunteer

One of the perks of being a marine scientist is spending time out in nature encountering marine life. However, taking a break from the field and gathering with other marine scientists to talk about results and updates from research is just as much fun as it is important. That’s exactly what brought our Microplastics & […]

Nemos Pequenos Graduation

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Education Mozambique Nemos Pequenos Swim School

Friday morning saw a group of 45 very excited school children from two different schools, Phembane and Conguiana, gathered in a classroom to be presented with certificates by the Nemos Pequenos team. They had successfully completed the first important stage of their course: marine conservation. The children, aged 11-15, had learnt about the oceans and […]

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