Archive for February, 2014

An Impromptu Field Necropsy At Manhame Beach

Written by Turtle expert Jess Williams With seven nesting events reported since November- all suspected to be Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)- this makes Manhame Beach one of the busiest in the Province! So where is it, you ask? For those not too familiar with the area, it’s ~70/80km south of Tofo Beach and just slightly north of Zavora. I made my first site visit to… Read more »

The Deep Sea Mystery Circle – a love story

By Spoon and Tamago images courtesy Yoji Ookata and NHK Introduced to life under the sea in high school through snorkeling, Yoji Ookataobtained his scuba license at the age of 21. At the same time, he went out and bought a brand new NIKONOS, a 35mm film camera specifically designed for underwater photography. He devoted all his spare time – aside from his day job –… Read more »

U.S. Officials Release Sea Turtles in China

18 January 2014 – Sanya, China: With ongoing disputes in the South China Sea, there is one marine issue that the U.S. and China proudly agrees on: saving sea turtles from extinction.  Officials from the United States Consulate General and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China joined Sea Turtles 911 to release three rehabilitated sea turtles back to the South China… Read more »

The Lucky 93

By Jess Williams Late yesterday afternoon I went to check the location of a loggerhead nest laid on the far end of Tofinho Beach, known more for its surf breaks rather than turtle nests. Expecting to have trouble finding the exact nest location I scanned the approximate area that had been show to me 61 days prior by Jimo, a local Mozambican guarda, who was… Read more »

Spotlight on Research in the Indian Ocean.

WIOMSA The Western Indo-Pacific stretches from Thailand to East Africa and the Red Sea, and has distinct fauna – with a quarter of its fish species thought to be different from the broader Indo-Pacific. The Western Indian Ocean is the largest biogeographic province in this region, but among the least studied of the world’s seas, posing a great challenge to effective conservation of its biodiversity…. Read more »

The American Diving Community Wants to Help

Reporter on the ground – The American Diving Community Wants to Help I attended the DEMA dive show as a testimony to the American diving community that, yes, Americans do travel to Africa. They enjoy being in Africa. The diving is safe in Africa and the people don’t expect you to eat grubs. (My grandmother thought that my South African boyfriend would speak in clicks… Read more »