The waters off southern Mozambique represent the winter breeding ground of a large number of humpback whales. From June to October, thousands of humpback whales come to our coasts to mate, give birth and nurse their calfs. They basque in our warm waters until completing the largest migration in the animal kingdom, by returning to Antarctica.
Every whale season we run our Volunteer Program in Tofo, Mozambique to investigate these animals and help connect people with these incredible animals.
Our work investigates whale behaviour, distribution, abundance, communication all in an effort to promote their conservation. Our volunteer program is designed to help you protect these marine giants.
One of the interesting aspects of this volunteer opportunity is that you will participate first hand in research efforts, heading out to sea to investigate and experience these giant whales. You will experience the research techniques that we use for research: from photo-identification, to acoustic recordings of their constantly evolving songs. After each trip, we come together to process our information and experience what it means. You will attend talks on the whales’ biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, acoustics, research and conservation. You will be part of a team working alongside amazing species including whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, reef sharks, turtles and of course humpback whales!
By the end of the volunteer program, you will have gained insight into what it really means to do research with megafauna in the field, and what can be achieved with this research to reach conservation goals. You will have taken part in every aspect of our research and will have gained knowledge about how we transform this scientific data into real conservation efforts. You will be an integral part of our team and will witness the amazing breeding season of these giant, truly unique whales, whilst they are celebrating the end of the longest yearly migration in the world. This all takes place in the remote paradise of southern Mozambique.
If you’d like to stay with us longer than 4 weeks and for any question about the program, please contact us.