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The Madagascar Whale Shark Project

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Behaviour Conservation Mozambique Research in Action Tofo Beach Whale Sharks

By Stella Diamant   Nearly two years ago, I swam with whale sharks off Nosy Be, the north western coast of Madagascar, for the first time. As a conservation biologist in between two jobs with a passion for marine megafauna – I organised a last minute trip to this well-known tourist destination the following year. […]

Greetings from manta ray paradise

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Behaviour Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action

MMF scientists Rob Perryman and Steph Venables have been based in the heart of the coral triangle in Raja Ampat, Indonesia – diving some of the most stunningly biodiverse reefs in the world – for most of the last three years. Raja Ampat means ‘four kings’ in Bahasa Indonesia and the four main islands certainly […]

Exploring Mantas on the Wild Coast

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Behaviour Conservation Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action

Dubbed as the greatest marine migration on Earth, the Sardine Run occurs between May and July every year along South Africa’s Wild Coast, when millions of sardines and other bait fish travel up the coast from the Agulhas Bank in the Cape to Mozambique. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy attracting an incredible variety […]

Uncovering Thailand and Myanmar’s manta ray populations

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Behaviour Conservation Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand

By Anna Flam   We just returned from our Ray of Hope Expedition to Thailand and Myanmar, which was filled with spectacular manta ray diving.   Whilst Thailand has an established tourism and diving industry, Myanmar remains comparatively undeveloped, and often difficult to access. It is on a promising trajectory however, especially since ending nearly […]

Move Along! Then tell me why you do so

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Behaviour Conservation Mafia Island Research in Action Tanzania Whale Sharks

We are located at 7°51’S: 39°47’E, western Indian Ocean. That is where you find a truly beautiful gem called Mafia Island. Don’t worry though; the name has nothing to do with crime. It derives from Swahili ‘mahali pa afya’ which means ‘a healthy dwelling-place’. And that’s exactly what it is, an important refuge for a […]

Potato Grouper: The Labrador of the Sea

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Behaviour Conservation Tofo Beach

Gus Fordyce is Underwater Africa’s science coordinator. Underwater Africa is our structured volunteer program that allows interested members of the public to contribute to the research we conduct at our main facility in Tofo Beach, Mozambique. In this blog, meet the friendliest fish in the sea: the Potato Grouper and learn about their role on coral […]

Extreme Weather: A Perfect Storm for Manta Research

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Behaviour Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Ecuador Manta Rays Research in Action

By Katherine Burgess An El Nino year is upon us…and it’s going to be a big one!   In early August, the Marine Megafauna team will converge at a little known island gem called Isla de la Plata in the Eastern Pacific to study the giant manta rays that aggregate for up to 3 months […]

Manta Ray Scrubdown

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Behaviour Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Research in Action

  By Calum Murie. Often, sharks and fish do not coexist peacefully. It is entirely understandable, the sharks are commonly trying to eat the fish, and the fish spend most of their lives trying not to be eaten. Except during cleaning interactions. During this phenomenon, the entire predator-prey interaction gets flipped on its head, as […]

THE CREATURE FEATURE THAT YOU ALMOST MISSED….

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Behaviour

  The divemaster looks super excited. And … he points to a rock. I give an as-eager “ok” before swimming away, perplexed at what was so exciting….turns out in was a nudibranch. And not one, but two, copulating. Now, as a seasoned diver I can spot nudibranchs from metres away and my buddy wears the […]

Where do fish that are bigger than a bus hide?

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Behaviour Conservation Galapagos Research in Action Whale Sharks

By Alexandra Watts We all know whale sharks are very large. In fact, they are the world’s largest fish. We also know that large animals often travel long distances looking for food: high-density patches or quality food makes feeding more efficient. Take the great migrations in Africa for example, the zebra and the wildebeest follow […]

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