Archive for March, 2014

To Tag a Tiger Shark

by Justin Blake Southern Mozambique: 35degrees in the shade. It’s hot, and has the humidity to match. We’re here to finish up this season’s tagging (the sharks of Mozambique are best interacted with in Summer). A huge amount of dedicated work and commitment has led to this point. Without Ryan and Clare Daly’s persistence and passion none of what has been achieved, and what we… Read more »

Illegal Beach Driving Incidents in Mozambique

  Driving on the beach, except in designated areas clearly marked for launching, is illegal. This is laid out in Decreto n 45/2006 de 30 de Novembro, Artigo 54. In the north of the country (i.e. North of Beira) you can drive on the beach only if a permit is attained. As a general rule you should keep off. Why? The coastal area is full… Read more »

Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Sanctuary for Manta Rays

        In this Oct. 18, 2011 photo, a manta ray swims off Raja Ampat islands, Indonesia. Photograph by Herman Harsoyo, AP One of the world’s largest fishes gets a super-size sanctuary thanks to a decision by the Indonesian government to ban fishing for manta rays within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The move, hailed by conservation organizations and researchers, has resulted in the world’s largest… Read more »

Leatherback Sea Turtles – The Panda Bears of the Ocean

While walking in the late afternoon down Manhame Beach there was a certain level of excitement that I could feel on the deserted sands. I was with turtle researcher Jess Williams of Marine Megafauna Foundation, and the two owners of Dunes de Dovela. It was past the incubation period for the nest and we were going to look through the recently hatched nest of a… Read more »