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This unique diving expedition in Mozambique can get you closer to the ocean's inhabitants than you've ever been before

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If you're looking to travel to an exotic location and learn about the ocean’s inhabitants, we've found your calling.

The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), a charity that strives to save threatened marine life, has announced new scuba diving expeditions to Mozambique alongside their ocean experts.

The expeditions are open to the public, meaning anyone with an interest in diving and the ocean can join MMF’s co-founder Andrea Marshall and her team of scientists in their conservation research off the coast of East Africa.

While visiting Mozambique, guests will be able to experience the marine life inhabiting the area - including whale sharks, humpback whales, and manta rays. Not only will the guests have the opportunity to dive and interact with these animals, but they will also learn valuable information about their lives and habitats.

Guests will learn how to interact with whale sharks and manta rays without disrupting their natural behavior, to identify the maturity of an individual animal, to distinguish between males and females, to recognise different types of manta/shark/whale behavior, to take identification photos, and to identify different individuals using their unique spot patterns. 

The team of scientists will also give research presentations to guests, giving insight into the biology, ecology, and behavior of these animals as well as outlining global threats to them and revealing all about current conservation efforts around the world.

The expedition will take off in a few months, between 23rd and 31st August 2018. The price is $3,280.00 per person (around £2445), not including flights (so if this sounds tempting you'd better start saving!)

Alongside various dives and educational experiences, the itinerary also includes visits to Tofo Beach and Vilanculos, including deep dives, a possible sighting of the Mobula Cleaning station at one of Mozambique's in-shore reefs, an ocean safari (the perfect opportunity to see humpback whales breaching), and the chance to dive with MMF founder Andrea Marshall, "Queen of the Mantas", in Bazaruto.

In Tofo, travellers can dive the sites where Marshall started her research on manta rays. Double dives will be scheduled but guests also have the option of substituting one for land work with MMF’s marine research team if they are interested.

Tofo and the surrounding areas offer lots of deep dive site, which makes for a great opportunity to see “big stuff”, sincluding whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, and turtles.

Anna Flam, MMF’s Manta Researcher, says: “This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip; not only for the world-class diving but also for the exclusive access you’ll have to our scientists.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming our first group of divers to our beautiful home here in Mozambique!”

For more information, visit https://marinemegafaunafoundation.org/dive-moz/.  

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