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    <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b><span
          style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#0070C0">The <st1:place
            w:st="on">Western Indian Ocean</st1:place> Whale (WIndOW)
          Project<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
    <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:center" align="center"><b>Monitoring

        East African Humpback Whales in South African and Mozambican
        waters<o:p></o:p></b></p>
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      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:8.0pt;line-height:150%"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%">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.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%">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 <st1:place
          w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">year</st1:placename> <st1:placetype
            w:st="on">Sea</st1:placetype></st1:place> Quests will be
        sailing from <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">South
            Africa</st1:place></st1:country-region> 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 <strong><span
style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">mission
is

            to support </span></strong></span><a
        href="http://www.sea-quests.com/tour/research-conservation-missions/"
        title="Research & Conservation Missions"><span
          style="font-size:10.0pt;
line-height:150%;color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">research
and

          conservation expeditions</span></a><strong><span
          style="font-size:10.0pt;
line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">
          that 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 <st1:place
            w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Wetland</st1:placename> <st1:placetype
              w:st="on">Park</st1:placetype></st1:place>, and to collect
          biological samples from deep habitats (60-80m) on the
          continental shelf of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place
              w:st="on">South Africa</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</span></strong><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%"> 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.<span
          style="mso-spacerun:yes">  </span><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      text-align:left;line-height:150%" align="left"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 150%"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoNormal"
      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%">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:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
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font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span
          style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times
            New Roman"">         </span></span></span><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt">Individual Whale Photo ID and image
        matching<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
      margin-left:35.7pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-17.85pt;line-height:normal;
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font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span
          style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times
            New Roman"">         </span></span></span><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt">Biopsy sampling for genetic population
        studies <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
      margin-left:35.7pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-17.85pt;line-height:normal;
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font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span
          style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times
            New Roman"">         </span></span></span><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt">Line Transect abundance estimation<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
      margin-left:35.7pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-17.85pt;line-height:normal;
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font-family:Symbol;mso-fareast-font-family:Symbol;mso-bidi-font-family:Symbol"><span
          style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times
            New Roman"">         </span></span></span><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt">Humpback song monitoring and recording<o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoNormal"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
      margin-left:35.7pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoNormal"
      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%">No prior experience is
        required, and all training is provided. There are three 10-day
        research legs to contribute towards: <o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>17
        Aug<span style="mso-tab-count:4">                                                         

        </span>Embark Maputo, Mozambique<o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>18
        Aug – 27 Aug<span style="mso-tab-count:2">                        

        </span><span style="mso-tab-count: 1">                </span>Team
        1 (10 days) Southern and Central Mozambique<o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>28
        Aug<span style="mso-tab-count:4">                                                         

        </span>Changeover at <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Beira</st1:place></st1:city>
        (embark and disembark)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>29
        Aug -7 September<span style="mso-tab-count:1">                </span>
        <span style="mso-tab-count: 1">               </span><span
          style="mso-tab-count:1">  </span>Team 2 (10 days) Northern <st1:country-region
          w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mozambique</st1:place></st1:country-region><o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>8
        September<span style="mso-tab-count:3">                                              

        </span>Changeover at <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Beira</st1:place></st1:city>
        (embark and disembark)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>9-18
        September<span style="mso-tab-count:3">                                        

        </span>Team 3 (10 days) Southern and Central <st1:country-region
          w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Mozambique</st1:place></st1:country-region><o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText"
      style="margin-top:0cm;margin-right:-16.75pt;margin-bottom:
      0cm;margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:normal"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:

        Calibri" lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-tab-count:1">          </span>19
        September<span style="mso-tab-count:3">                                            

        </span>Disembark Maputo <o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin-top:0cm;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";

        mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri" lang="EN-US"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin-top:0cm;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";

        mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri" lang="EN-US">Cost $2450 per person
        per 10-day leg, this includes full board and lodging on M.Y.
        Angra Pequena, meals and soft drinks. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin-top:0cm;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";

        mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri" lang="EN-US">You are responsible
        for flights and visas. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin-top:0cm;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";

        mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri" lang="EN-US"><o:p> </o:p></span><b
        style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span
          style="font-size:10.0pt;
line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri"
          lang="EN-US">For more information please visit our website <a
href="http://sea-quests.com/charters/volunteer-for-conservation/"><span
              style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">http://sea-quests.com/charters/volunteer-for-conservation/</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin-top:0cm;line-height:150%"><b
        style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span
          style="font-size:10.0pt;
line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri"
          lang="EN-US">or to book your place please contact Nikki <o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
    <p class="MsoBodyText" style="margin-top:0cm;line-height:150%"><span
        lang="EN-US"><a href="mailto:nikki@sea-quests.com"><span
            style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:
150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri">nikki@sea-quests.com</span></a></span><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";

        mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri" lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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      style="margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:150%"><span
        style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:150%">+27 765013492<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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Postal address: PO Box 21405, Bluff, Durban, 4036, South Africa
Email: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:nikki@sea-quests.com">nikki@sea-quests.com</a>
Cell: 0765013492
Twitter: @AngraPequena
Facebook:  myangrapequenaexpeditions
Web:  <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.sea-quests.com">www.sea-quests.com</a>

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