“The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of beautiful reefs hosting many coral species, fish species and megafauna, but much of the park is yet unexplored. By diving untouched reefs, pinnacles and plateaus, we are currently developing a dive map featuring numerous of dive sites unknown by other organisations. It is very special to be able to find new reefs and to be the first one to dive it!” – Mauro Jije, Diving Manager and Dive Instructor
Numerous humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) were sighted last month in the Bazaruto Archipelago, as July marks the arrival month of these gentle giants to their winder breeding grounds. One particularly exciting encounter included five male humpback whales escorting a female humpback and her calf. The team spotted the whales after a dive south of Magaruque Island, south of Benguerra Island. Other interesting sightings include reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) at cleaning stations located south of Benguerra Island and smooth hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna zygaena) at several locations in the park. A highlight of the month was coming upon of a blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) on a dive northeast of Benguerra Island. The marlin was displaying hunting behaviour and seemed very curious about our interns Gabriele and Davide, whereafter it changed its focus to dive manager Mauro, who had to purge his regulator to scare off the animal.
Our interns and volunteers have been immersed in the day-to-day activities of the BCSS station, including recording occasional sightings of megafauna (both from the boats and underwater) and marine debris collections and data analysis. In order for our interns and volunteers to correctly identify marine life, the team provides lectures combined with practical point-based lessons while diving. The interns and volunteers also spent time scanning through papers and articles as part of their literature reviews with on-site scientists and completing PADI dive courses with our experienced instructor Mauro Jije.
We still have some Dive Master internship and volunteering positions available for the next few months. There’s availability from November onwards for our Marine Science Internships. To secure your spot, simply apply here.
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