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Marine Megafauna Foundation Launches 2019 Dive Expedition Portfolio

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'Queen of the Mantas' Andrea Marshall (Photo: Anna Flam/Marine Megafauna Foundation)

The Marine Megafauna Foundation – a charity that aims to save threatened marine life – has unveiled dates of its 2019 scuba diving expeditions to Mozambique, where guests can join expert marine biologists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) and get hands-on with ground-breaking research.

The adventurous expeditions give advanced divers the change to explore the southern coast of Mozambique, one of the world’s most sought-after diving locations, and visit sites not open to the public. Mozambique is home to a unique ecosystem, where possible sightings include a mobula cleaning station (one of two known worldwide), turtles, dolphins, humpback whales and reef sharks.

The seven-day expeditions, which run from 15-23 June 2019 and 17-25 August 2019 are available from £2,550 per person or £2,250 each for two guests, not including flights. The expedition can accommodate up to five people.

Guests will have the chance to get hands-on with ground-breaking research by taking ID photos during boat-based and aerial surveys. Both mantas and whale sharks have spot patterns as unique as a fingerprint, allowing MMF's scientists to build a photographic catalogue to keep track of both individuals and the overall population. Participants will also learn how to identify an animal’s maturity and gender, and record environmental conditions.

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Reef manta (Mobula alfredi) at a cleaning station (Photo: Anna Flam/Marine Megafauna Foundation)

Even the most experienced divers have a lot to learn about life in the ocean, and the expeditions offer the chance to learn the secrets of MMF’s marine biologists, who have spent 15 years studying ocean giants. Fascinating private talks will reveal the biology, ecology and behaviour of manta rays and whale sharks, outline the global threats that they face, and describe research and conservation efforts around the world.

During the expedition, guests will learn how to:

  • Interact with whale sharks and manta rays without disrupting their natural behaviour
  • Identify the maturity of an individual animal and distinguish between males and females
  • Recognize different types of manta/shark/whale behaviour
  • Take identification photos                                                                 
  • Record environmental conditions
  • Process and organize ID photos
  • Identify different individuals using their unique spot patterns

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Zebra shark (Photo: Anna Flam/Marine Megafauna Foundation)

Divers will also be able to take part in extra activities outside of the water such as Tofo Life, an opportunity to meet locals in a nearby village, see their way of life and make a traditional dish with them.

The MEGA Expeditions fund MMF’s vital research and help to save ocean giants from extinction. As well as MMF's pioneering conservation work, they also have an education program called Nemos Pequenos (Little Nemos), inspiring the next generation of Ocean Guardians. Participation in these conservation expeditions will help to change lives both in and out of the ocean in Mozambique.

For more information or to book your place on a Marine Megafauna Foundation expedition, visit: www.marinemegafaunafoundation.org

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