2017 Marine Science Internship | Marine Action Research, Zavora Marine Lab

Marine Action Research (MAR)- Zavora Marine Lab is currently looking for
science students to assist in their research projects in 2017.

Based in Praia de Zavora, Southern Mozambique, the Zavora Marine Lab was founded in 2009. Since its inception, the lab has developed vital research for the region and raised environmental awareness through educational programs with local communities and visitors to the area.

Their internships typically last for 1 month, (though many students elect to
stay longer) and include up to 25 scuba dives where students will learn how
to safely and efficiently collect and analyse data. The group is kept
small, (max 6 students) which enables us to provide an outstanding quality
of service. Non-divers and inexperienced divers can also participate by
combining any dive courses (from Open Water to any level of continuing
education) with the internship.

Ongoing research projects include:

·        Manta ray population – using photo identification

·        Humpback whale population and behavioural study

·        Nudibranch population, distribution and diversity

·        Artificial Reef monitoring including training in fish census and
benthos assessment

·        Seahorse population (global monitoring program)

·        Whaleshark population (in conjunction with Marine Megafauna)

·        Turtle population (in conjunction with “TartarugasparaAmanhã”)

·        Coral Settlement Project (in conjunction with the University of

The summer break for students is an ideal time for them to participate in
the internship program, as it is the peak period for the migratory humpback
whale population as well as being an excellent time of year to see both *Manta
birostris* and *Manta alfredi* on the reefs. The Synchronized Whales Survey
in East Africa has shown, for the third year in a row, that Zavora is a
hotspot for humpback whales, recording the highest number of sightings in a
single day with 236 whales!

Previous interns have been credited for their work with us
towards their university degree. Please contact for details.

For more information, please see the flyer below, or visit: