Friday
Jul252014

Creepy crawlies!

When the terrestrial team aren't checking out birds or mangroves they turn their attention to some of the smaller creatures on Mafia!

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Friday
Jul252014

Staff blog: Sea turtles on Juani Island

Last week me and the marine team went on a camping trip to Juani Island where we watched new hatched green sea turtles run back into the sea. Such a special and amazing thing to experience, watching 124 young animals enter their new habitat full dangers and threats, and knowing only one in thousand will make it into an adult sea turtle.

Tanzania has five species of sea turtles of which two, the green turtle and hawksbill turtle, nest in Tanzania. The green turtle is the most common one and these are known to nest frequently on Juani Island. Once a turtle reaches sexual maternity, between 20 and 50 years old, females will migrate up to thousands of kilometres to a nesting beach on which they themselves were born. After 3 to 4 hours of hard work of laying her eggs she will move back into the sea, and it takes another 55 days before the turtles will start hatching.

In Tanzania sea turtles are under threat due to the result of human exploitation for food, oil, leather and ornaments, in the last centuries. Mortalities are also associated with incidental capture in fishing nets, the degradation of feeding habitats and marine and land-based pollution. While we were on Juani we could experience this latter threat. The beaches were covered with rubbish, and even though I was there the week before after having cleared the whole beach with my companions, the rubbish was just as bad this time. This was a good example and representation of the anthropogenic effects on marine habitats and species. Most trash is brought to the sea via rivers and 80% of this originates from landfills and other urban sources. And hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals, and more than 1 million seabirds die each year due to ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in rubbish. Sea turtles often mistake plastics and other garbage as food, like jellyfish, which causes blockages in their digestive system and eventually causes death. And due to the direction of the current around Juani island, all rubbish from surrounding islands, even far away, is washed on to shore here. And as these turtles do not have another place to go because they will always nest at the same beach that they are born, they are trapped within these beaches and waters filled with rubbish.

So next time you are attempting to litter or when you see rubbish on the floor, please consider what impact this might have on these special creatures, as to other marine species.

By Becca Court, Field Communications Officer.

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Monster bread!

Monster bread! Strong work from Julia in preparing breakfast for tomorrow's terrestrial sat camp to Kilindoni!

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Wednesday
Jul232014

On an adventure

It's all fun and games at the nursery! Adventurer Tom got to meet the kids today and is already a favourite having taught them rugby and played football wih them aswell as the daily round of "duck duck goose"!

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Tuesday
Jul222014

And pose!

Survey survey survey! Working hard to complete surveys in the bay but it's not all hard work and no play - there is always time for an underwater photoshoot!

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Go team!

Volunteers completed their first confined dived for open water today at Utumbe Deep! Only 2 more to go!

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Hi Hannah!

Big welcome to Hannah our new Marine ARO!

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Monday
Jul212014

Another day in paradise!

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Monday
Jul212014

Another completed PADI course

Congrats to Jennifer for completing her PADI Dive Master course! You've been great around camp and only gone for one day but already we miss you!

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Friday
Jul182014

Sports Day!

Today teaching volunteers organised a school sports day at the nursery. Each volunteer came up with one event and was given a team of 8 children... classics such as a running relay and sack race were a must - here are some of our fave action shots of Team 5 winning the sack race! Well done Team 5 ( Becca!)

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Friday
Jul182014

Say cheese!

A little photo shoot from our trip to Juani Island. Brilliant pics from our resident photographer Eddie (A.K.A. Teddy the Terrestrial ARO). Volunteers spent the night hoping to see some turtles lay eggs and others hatch the next day and were rewarded for their patience with 124 baby turtles!

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Monday
Jul142014

Super stars

Past their fish test first time! Hongera sana!

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Monday
Jul142014

Safe travels! 

Big goodbye to Sally, Lucy and Joanna!

You guys have been fantastic around camp and we are going to miss you all!

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Monday
Jul142014

Marine fun!

This week new marine and beach volunteers have been learning about inverts with PI Catie so that they will soon be ready to start surveying... so far volunteers have learned about nudibranchs, flatworms, bivalves, starfish and many more!

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Monday
Jul142014

Beautiful Birdies 

Who can name these beautiful birds spotted by the terrestrial team whilst out on bird surveys?

It's an early start to the day but definitely worth it and you can always catch up on sleep during a scheduled TNT (Terrestrial Nap Time)!

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Monday
Jul142014

Educational fun

Fish fancy dress!! George is an Arabian spinecheek.

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Monday
Jul142014

Well done Celina

Celina treated the whole of camp to a presentation on her recent research into local fishing practices and an insight into both what the marine park aims to do, their current policies and how they are recieved in the community.

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Monday
Jul142014

Marine Survey preperation

Marine Principle Investigator prepares underwater slates for marine surveying.

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Friday
Jul112014

Selfie time

Today at the nursery, the children discovered the art of taking a selfie!
All good fun and our last day at the nursery running a 'holiday club' before lessons resume next week

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Friday
Jul112014

Selfie time

Today at the nursery, the children discovered the art of taking a selfie!
All good fun and our last day at the nursery running a 'holiday club' before lessons resume next week

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