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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




average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


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



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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