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It’s Heating Up

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Sea Turtles Uncategorized

By Calum Murie. The evidence documenting our changing climate is growing larger by the day. A quick internet search brings up an enormous amount of scientific documents and media describing all of these changes. Another search and there are a plethora of results describing how these changes are damaging the worlds biodiversity. These threats are […]

Chelonia flami

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Anna is a dive instructor who first heard about Marine Megafauna while working in Thailand. A few of her colleagues had worked in Tofo, Mozambique and had attended the weekly MMF manta ray talks. From her colleagues Anna learnt the basics of manta identification and behaviour, and in-turn, passed this knowledge onto customers and students […]

The “Creature Feature” that Packs a Punch!

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Despite only being 3 – 18cm, the peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is one of the ocean’s most aggressive predators, packing the hardest and fastest punch in the animal kingdom. Mike Tyson watch out!!     Commonly called the “thumb smasher”, peacock mantis shrimp have raptorial appendages shaped like clubs that strike prey at the […]

Ecuador 2014 field season

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Conservation Ecuador Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Uncategorized

by Katherine Burgess and Giles Winstanley   It’s that time of year again! From June-October the waters off mainland Ecuador host the largest subpopulation of giant mantas in the world, and the Marine Megafauna Foundation is fortunate enough to have a field research site right in the middle of it all, Isla de la Plata. […]

The Changing Tide for Sharks & Rays

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Conservation Manta Rays Uncategorized Play in new window | Download  By now most of us are aware of the sobering reality about our shark and ray species globally. They’re disappearing, and they’re disappearing fast. In fact, the Shark Specialist Group (SSG), in a new study published just this year, claims that over a quarter of

The BANP get a new patrol boat!

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Conservation Uncategorized

Over the last two years, I have been conducting aerial surveys within the Inhambane Province, with an emphasis on patrols within the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP). Regular surveillance of the coastline has revealed not only unprecedented numbers of animals, helped to map their distributions within the Province and allowed us to film some of […]

Meet ‘Orion’ And His Creator Marc Allante

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by Andrew Prebble     This wonderful image was painted by Marc Allante, a university friend of Clare Prebble, one of MMF’s star PhD students. We eagerly approached him to see if we could buy it, but alas we were far too late! It was a commission for a private individual, but further discussions were […]

You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours

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by Steph Venables   When you spend a lot of time underwater, one thing that strikes you is the way that everything seems to work together in a harmonious way to ensure the health and survival of all of the different species. The word used to describe these fascinating interactions between species is ‘symbiosis’, which […]

Reunions with old friends on Mafia Island

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Behaviour Uncategorized Whale Sharks

by Chris Rohner   Mafia Island…sounds like it should be in Italy, right? This little island gem is, however, in Tanzania. The only link to Italy I can think of is that the whale sharks here, too, enjoy a good feast. In last season’s work, we found that the local whale sharks like to gorge […]

The Ecuador Ray of Hope – a Trip of Juxtapositions, but definitely most of all, HOPE!

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Behaviour Conservation Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Sea Turtles Uncategorized

by Libby Bowles   Having organized Andrea’s Ray of Hope expeditions for the past 2 seasons from our MMF office in Casa Barry in southern Mozambique, I was, for the first time, desperate to leave Tofo and get over to Ecuador.  I had a fair idea of what to expect from my trip to Ecuador […]

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