The highly productive waters off the coast of Tofo attract a wide range of amazing marine wildlife. Couple this with the warm water temperature of the subtropics, Tofo is an ideal hotspot for marine science. The opportunities here to experience a range of marine wildlife are endless.
With oceanographic mechanisms consistently providing plankton, there is always an opportunity to observe a multitude of marine giants in their natural habitat and the chance to help contribute towards one of the largest databases in the world for marine megafauna. As well as being a hotspot for whale sharks and manta rays, Tofo hosts populations of two different species of dolphins year-round; the elusive humpback dolphin and the common bottlenose dolphin.
One of the most incredible phenomenons occurs seasonally; the rare and very exciting opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural habitat. During the months between July and October the bay of Tofo fills with these ocean giants. With a world leading whale researcher joining the team, our volunteers can get involved in exciting whale research.
Sea turtles, sharks and rays are common along these shores, and each dive provides an opportunity to gather data on abundance, sex and health. Get the opportunity to dive with 5 species of sea turtles, numerous rays and iconic reef sharks.
Though we get many giants coming through our waters here in Tofo, we must not forget the colourful range of coral reefs and their associated fauna. Tofo’s reef systems teem with life, and so Underwater Africa have been involved in implementing protected sites within the area, notably reefs and mangroves within the Inhambane Estuary. Not only do these systems provide nursery habitats for fish and invertebrates, but allows volunteers to undergo reef/mangrove health monitoring programmes.
The substantial increase of plastic in our oceans is of major concern to marine life, in particular the filter-feeding ocean giants of Tofo. As a result, Underwater Africa have teamed up with a leading plastic researcher to understand the damage of microplastics to the environment and corresponding marine wildlife. This is an exciting, new project drastically needed, so watch out for further developments on this project!