Populations of marine megafauna are in global decline. MMF is seeking to reverse this decline. Share your support for our ocean's giants by showing us how YOU #breach!
At the beach, in a pool, in your bathtub- wherever! Share your breaching skills with the hashtags #breach, #saveoceangiants and #MMF to show your support for the conservation and protection of these charismatic species. Share your video on social media and nominate your friends too - each breach shares fun!
We'll be collating some of our favourites so make sure to get your best breach face on and help us to raise awareness of the threats these intelligent and sociable animals face.
For most Mozambicans, the sea is foreign and something to be feared. The majority cannot swim and each year many drown along the coastline, as people risk their lives on a daily basis to provide for their families.
MMF’s education program aims to bridge the gap between communities and the endangered marine life, which inhabit the Mozambican coastline. We hope to create a generation of Mozambican ocean guardians who will protect their abundant ecosystem.
Our scientists have been monitoring artisanal fishing in the Inhambane province to provide data on intended and incidental catches, fishing techniques, and the targeting of vulnerable species. Our efforts include aerial surveys of the coastline to gain a greater perspective on the distribution of these species, their preferred habitat and the pressures these animals face from various anthropogenic threats. Gill nets were identified as the biggest threat to our ocean giants.
The Marine Megafauna Foundation was born in Mozambique. We have been based in Tofo, Inhambane since 2003.
The Inhambane coastline stretches for 350 kilometers. It straddles the zone between cool temperate waters and warm tropical waters, allowing for diverse habitats and ecosystems. This supports high biodiversity and many threatened species.
Our efforts in Mozambique focus on utilizing our research to champion for national protective legislation for our ocean giants.
Manta rays are the youngest in the shark and ray family, having evolved from stingrays about 4.5 million years ago.
Manta rays have the largest brain of any marine fish. Their brains have enlarged areas for smell, coordination, and hearing, which gives us an indication of their intelligence.
Our research focuses on the ecology and biology of these charismatic giants, including their social interactions within populations and how they use the habitats in which we study. This allows us to encourage the protection of their critical habitats across the world.
Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world, with the largest on record at 18.8 meters. It is estimated they can live up to 70 or even 100 years.
73% of whale sharks in the global database are juvenile males. Where are all the female sharks? And the mature male sharks? This is known as the great whale shark mystery.
Our objective is to deliver the necessary knowledge for successful global conservation initiatives. To achieve this our research involves determining population structures, why whale sharks aggregate in particular regions and where they migrate to when they depart these known sites.