Saving Big Fish *Video* – Giving U™
Megafauna is mega cool. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work with the world’s largest sea creatures?
“Mega” as in BIG
“Megafauna” is the term used for large marine species such as sharks, rays, marine mammals and turtles. These animals are key components of marine ecosystems but, as they are long-lived and have low reproductive rates, their populations are usually the first to be squeezed by human pressures.
The Marine Megafauna Foundation was created in 2009 to research, protect and conserve the large populations of marine megafauna found along the Mozambican coastline. Based at Tofo Beach, Mozambique, the waters off the coast are a major international hot-spot for both manta rays and whale sharks.
The Research Centre works with sponsors, international scientific collaborators, the marine tourism industry, conservation organizations and the Mozambican government to identify and solve the problems that manta rays and whale sharks face in Mozambique and worldwide.
Check out Dr. Simon Pierce, my friend and co-founder of the foundation, as he tells us more about the role his organization plays in preserving vital marine life:
Can’t see the video? Click on this link: Marine Megafauna Foundation -http://youtu.be/BHoKi5I3ONI
Be your own Big Fish!
I first learned about the work of the foundation after attending three intensely interesting lectures onsite in Tofo Beach.
Are you interested in learning more about megafauna? There are lots of ways to get involved, like:
- Reading the latest marine research and news on their site: www.marinemegafauna.org
- Sponsoring a manta ray or a whale shark for just $50 a year
- Naming your own whale shark for $200 (I am! Check out the November Donate my Dollars poll for our whale shark naming contest!)
- Volunteering in Tofo Beach, Mozambique (I did! It was fabulous fun!)
For volunteering, donations and more detailed information, check out the Marine Megafauna Foundation web site at: www.marinemegafauna.org. Or ask me and I’ll point you in the right direction!
This entry was posted on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 and is filed under Hot Orgs.