It’s coming to the end of our month here volunteering at the lab and we will be sad to leave such an amazing place where we already have had some great life experiences. We all have had many different highlights since arriving but one of our favourites has been watching hundreds of humpback whales fill the bay each week with mothers teaching their calves to tail slap and breach. No matter how many times we see the whales each day we all still feel a twitch of excitement at the thought of seeing one more breach, tail slap or a dorsal fin break the water surface as it glides past the boat. As everyone says the diving here really is phenomenal and we have had some great moments with the diverse marine life here during our numerous research dives. From seeing and swimming with the majestic manta rays, reef sharks, endless amounts of fish and being caught off guard by curious groupers there truly is something different to see with every turn of your head!! Along the way we have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people from here in Zavora but also people from around the world who shared their different diving and travelling stories with us. We have learnt so much from here, not only about the marine life but about the culture and the easy way of life in Zavora, which all three of us have become accustom to. We actually and honestly cannot begin to thank the Mozdivers dive team for all the help they have given us during our dives but most importantly we cannot begin to thank Yara enough for providing us with this unique experience. Because of everyone we leave with amazing memories, from having a costume birthday braai party to drinking tea and laughing in a circle on a dive boat during the surface intervals, we really won’t forget all these great times together. Unfortunately we all have to move on at some stage this means Josie heading back to Australia, Karlene to Ireland and Alex continuing her African journey, but we are all hopeful we will be back some day and maybe even possibly together.
Zavora Marine Lab.
Zavora Marine Lab. is the research department of the Association of Coastal Conservation of Mozambique (ACCM). ACCM develop vital research and conservation projects in Zavora, Mozambique.