Zavora Marine Lab
According to Zavora Marine Lab, mantas occur year-round at Zavora (peaking June-September). The lab is conducting photo-identification research, and the resulting data is being used to assist in the conservation of Zavora’s manta populations.
They are also the first lab to be conducting research on Mozambique’s nudibranchs – these beautifully vibrant sea slugs are among the most diverse groups of marine invertebrate. So far, more than 270 species have been found in Zavora, 90% of which are being recorded here for the first time, and 30 of which are completely new to science.
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Zavora Lab also created a monitoring programme to evaluate reef colonisation on a wreck that sunk in 2013. Benthic and fish surveys are done using substrate photos, video transects and stationary fish census. This offers a unique opportunity for divers to do some wreck diving while helping to evaluate ecosystem health.
During humpback season (July-November) land-based surveys also take place. Using tail fluke photo-identification, assessments are performed to estimate the relative population structure of humpback whales in Zavora Bay. Zavora is said to be the humpback capital of Mozambique and whether you are participating in land-based surveys or listening to whale songs underwater, you will understand why!
In addition to all the amazing species in these research projects, many other coral, invertebrate, fish, turtle, and shark species can be seen in Zavora Bay.
The lab offers internships to those interested in helping with their research, as well as an opportunity for students to carry out their own projects. See more at www.marineactionresearch.com