[MARMAM] Call for volunteers to assist with hump-back whale research in Mozambican waters

Nikki Sea Quests nikki at sea-quests.com
Tue May 12 22:50:15 PDT 2015

*The Western Indian Ocean Whale (WIndOW) Project*

*Monitoring East African Humpback Whales in South African and Mozambican 

Seven populations of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales migrate 
annually between winter breeding grounds in coastal tropical waters and 
summer feeding grounds in Antarctic waters, with populations found off 
each of the west and east coasts of the three Southern Hemisphere 
continents and in the central South Pacific Ocean. The population 
breeding in the Western Indian Ocean occupies the coastal waters of 
Mozambique, Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean archipelagos between 
July and October each year. Whales utilising Mozambique waters migrate 
coastally along the South African coastline in June and July and October 
and November, resulting in peak abundance in Mozambique waters in August 
and September each year.

Heavily whaled on the breeding grounds, migration corridor and Antarctic 
feeding ground until October 1963, last century; east African humpbacks 
are now making a strong comeback. In August and September this year Sea 
Quests will be sailing from South Africa to research population 
abundance and trends as well as migratory destinations this population. 
The research will be done aboard R/Y Angra Pequena, a classic 72ft 
wooden expedition vessel operated by Sea Quests, whose *mission is to 
support *research and conservation expeditions 
build knowledge and awareness of our oceans. This vessel has recently 
been used as the research platform to film coelacanths in deep canyons 
in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and to collect biological samples from 
deep habitats (60-80m) on the continental shelf of South Africa.*The 
research will be overseen by the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit, 
under the direction of Dr Ken Findlay who has been researching this 
population of humpback whales since the late 1980s.

Come join us on our mission, and help contribute towards the 
conservation of this previously decimated species. You will live-aboard 
the expedition vessel and get hands on experience assisting the 
scientist team in field sampling and data collection, including:

·Individual Whale Photo ID and image matching

·Biopsy sampling for genetic population studies

·Line Transect abundance estimation

·Humpback song monitoring and recording

No prior experience is required, and all training is provided. There are 
three 10-day research legs to contribute towards:

17 AugEmbark Maputo, Mozambique

18 Aug – 27 AugTeam 1 (10 days) Southern and Central Mozambique

28 AugChangeover at Beira (embark and disembark)

29 Aug -7 SeptemberTeam 2 (10 days) Northern Mozambique

8 SeptemberChangeover at Beira (embark and disembark)

9-18 SeptemberTeam 3 (10 days) Southern and Central Mozambique

19 SeptemberDisembark Maputo

Cost $2450 per person per 10-day leg, this includes full board and 
lodging on M.Y. Angra Pequena, meals and soft drinks.

You are responsible for flights and visas.

*For more information please visit our website 

*or to book your place please contact Nikki *

nikki at sea-quests.com <mailto:nikki at sea-quests.com>

+27 765013492

Postal address: PO Box 21405, Bluff, Durban, 4036, South Africa
Email: nikki at sea-quests.com
Cell: 0765013492
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