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Sustainable Seas Conference

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Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Education Manta Rays Mozambique Sea Turtles Tofo Beach Whale Sharks

By Charlie Endsor   As the end of the first quarter of 2017 started to draw to a close, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to take stock and thank our Ocean Ambassadors and Tofo community for their continued hard work in protecting our ocean resource. We also wanted to engage with all stakeholders […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 & […]

Meet the Team: Herculano Cumbi

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Conservation Education Manta Rays Mozambique Sea Turtles Tofo Beach Whale Sharks

Herculano Cumbi, Conservation Field Officer at Associacão Megafauna Marinha, MMF’s entity in Mozambique   When was your first experience with the ocean? When I was around 8 years old I started going to the ocean with my mother to find seafood for our family. Clams, mussels and crab. Fishing is important – not just to […]

Myanmar Manta Exploration: doing our best to be a modern day Jacque Cousteau

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Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand Tofo Beach Volunteer

By Anna Flam   As part of my job I often dive the same sites repeatedly. I always laugh a little when divers complain they’ve been to Giant’s Castle in Mozambique or Bida Nok in Thailand two times already! Yea, I’ve been there over two hundred.     Repeatedly diving a reef is necessary when […]

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 […]

Meet The Team: Dr. Fabrice Jaine

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Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand Tofo Beach Volunteer

  What is your role at MMF? I am a senior biologist working with the Manta Ray Team in various research projects aiming to enhance manta ray knowledge and conservation. I am also lucky to lead some of the incredible Ray of Hope Expeditions to manta hot spots around the globe.   When did you […]

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 […]

Microplastics & Megafauna in the Land of the Dragon

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Plankton Research in Action

By Elitza Germanov   Plankton nets, sample tubes, scuba gear and underwater camera equipment accompanied me on my way to Labuan Bajo, the jump off for Indonesia’s famous Komodo National Park (but not without a stop at the access baggage fee counter).   The mission? Assessing the state of microplastic pollution in the manta ray […]

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