Humpback whale, Manta ray and Nudibranch conservation

Project name:

Marine Action Research (MAR)

Project purpose:

Humpback whale, Manta ray and Nudibranch conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • community awareness

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared accommodation at the Zavora Marine Lab

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western)

How long can I stay?


Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Interns will be joining dedicated scientists who are conducting accredited research projects important for Mozambique and for science in general. Our main projects focus on: -Manta rays - Humpback whales -Sharks -Nudibranchs -Seahorses -Artificial reef colonization.


Interns taking part in MAR’s marine biology internship can expect to get practical and theoretical training during the first and second weeks. Interns begin data collection after learning sampling and identification techniques. The internship program is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to exciting marine research and conservation projects, as well as experience the achievements associated with ambitious and challenging marine research in Africa.


Tasks and duties:

-Underwater photo identification of manta rays using underwater parallel lasers for measurements Humpback whale landbased survey and photo ID (June to October)

-Nudibranch surveys and identification

-Nudibranch collection and preservation

-Fish survey and photo quadrat at Rio Saiñas Wreck

-Seahorse monitoring program (data collection and monthly report) -Predatory fish survey -BRUV deployment and video analysis

-Turtle patrolling and monitoring (November to March) -Data entry

– using Excel, NudiID and MID (software especially designed for manta ray identification)

Educational activities including:

-Activities with kids from the local community

- Public talks

-Underwater clean-up

-Beach cleaning -Workshops (e.g. recycling)


The cost for the program is as follows:

1 month= $2940

6 weeks= $4190

2 months= $5470

10 weeks= $6620 3 months= $7770


Fees include: Accommodation, a food allowance, airport transfers, all dive and dive gear hire, a field trip to Barra (2 days/1 night per month), MAR t-shirt, all theoretical and practical training.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

21 Mar 2020




It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

Wild Sun Rescue Center

17 Mar 2020


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