Manta research aims to generate knowledge of the region’s manta ray populations and assist with their conservation in southern Mozambique.
Zavora Marine Lab is conducting the first assessment of nudipleura in Mozambique: solving a complex of species problems and describing new species.
Humpback whales come to Zavora each year to reproduce and give birth. Land-based surveys and fluke ID help provide estimates of humpback populations travelling through the region.
Of the 2 wrecks in Zavora, the newly sunken Rio Sainas  provided an excellent opportunity to monitor the colonization of an artificial reef right from ground zero.
Together with iSeahorse, MAR aims to assess and monitor seahorse populations, trends, and threats in the Inhambane region.
Visual surveys and baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs) are helping to collect baseline data on the elasmobranch species in the region.
Five of the seven sea turtle species can be found in Mozambique. In Zavora, we commonly see 4 of these on our reefs, two of which are known to nest on our beaches.
About the Zavora Marine Lab
The Zavora Marine Lab was founded in 2009 by marine biologist Yara Tibirica to investigate and conserve the unique marine life and coastal ecosystems of Zavora Bay. Zavora is one of the few places in the world where marine megafauna, including manta rays and humpback whales are still found in high abundance. Marine Action Research offers the unique opportunity to study a marine ecosystem with little human impact and where there remains much of the reef yet to be explored. The lab's ongoing research is focused on manta rays, sharks, humpback whales, nudibranchs, seahorses, and artificial reef (wreck) colonization.
One-on-one guidance with research, scientific diving, and university study
Internship fee includes accommodation (self catering), dives (gear included), airport transfers, field trips, and theoretical and practical training
Mozambique has some of the best diving in the world. Expect to see manta rays, sharks, stingrays, whales, dolphins, and an astonishing diversity of macrolife
Interns live together, work together and develop lasting friendships