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Filed Under (Fishing, Scuba Diving) by Marian on July-30-2008

A second and possibly third species of manta ray discovered

Genetic and morphological analysis has now confirmed the existence of a second species of manta ray, and possibly a third one as well. Up until know, the scientific community only knew about one single species of manta ray and all encountered manta rays were viewed as variants within the same species. PhD marine biologist Andrea Marshall did however suspect that there might be more than one species of manta ray luring in the ocean and in 2003 she to a small coastal village located in southern Mozambique to be able to study the manta rays found off the African coast. During the last five years, she has been carrying out a manta ray study sponsored by the Save Our Seas Foundation and discovered a new species as well as collected invaluable information about the reproductive habits of the manta rays.

The two manta rays species have overlapping geographical ranges, but they have significantly different life styles. One species is migratory while the other one – the smaller and more commonly known species – is resident to particular costal regions where it stays year round. There are also noticeable differences in reproductive biology, skin texture and colouration.

The small, stationary species is commonly encountered by divers and researchers at coral reefs, while the larger, migratory species is much more elusive.

The pectoral fins of a manta ray can span almost 8 meters in width and the weight of this baffling shark relative can exceed 2000 kg. Unlike the stingray, the manta ray is not equipped with a functioning stinging barb, but one of the manta ray species actually has a non-functioning type of sting on its tail.

According to the Save Our Seas Foundation, Andrea Marshall’s new finding is the marine equivalent of discovering an unknown species of elephant.

You can find out more by visiting the Save Our Seas Foundation ( and the Mozambique Manta Ray project page (

Filed Under (Honeymoon, Mozambique Travel, Scuba Diving) by BC Travel on April-17-2008

Pemba Beach ResortArriving at Pemba Beach Hotel is to enter an exotic realm in an ancient land, where you may feel you are living the dream of adventures past and still to come. Representing a fusion of Arabic and African inspired influences, this Mozambique hotel impresses with its sweeping compilation of Arabian-inspired buildings, colonnades, turrets and archways sprawling over 100 acres.

You are spoilt for choice with accommodation at Pemba Beach Hotel, its 102 rooms, all with sea views and individual balconies, providing a truly sumptuous rendition of Mozambique east coast living. The Indian Ocean glitters beyond manicured lawns, whilst inside your room you are cosseted in a haven of rich furnishings, Persian rugs and marble-clad bathrooms.

Filed Under (Honeymoon, Inhambane, Scuba Diving) by BC Travel on April-14-2008

Flamingo Bay Water LodgeWooden walkways lead to the unique water chalets of Flamingo Bay Water Lodge, which are built on stilts over the ocean. Panoramic sea views are visible from all windows of your luxurious en suite chalet and looking down from your private deck, you can scuba dive without touching the water!

The main lodge at Flamingo Bay houses a cocktail bar, restaurant, lounge and library and there is also a swimming pool. White sands lace the beaches and the Indian Ocean provides Mozambique with deliciously warm water.

Filed Under (Accommodation, Mozambique islands, Quirimbas, Scuba Diving) by BC Travel on April-14-2008

Medjumbe Island ResortFor dedicated diving enthusiasts as well as those seeking a private island sanctuary, Medjumbe Island Resort will provide a private island nirvana unique to Africa and perfect for those romantic holidays.

The luxurious accommodation consists of 13 chalets, pool, restaurant and bar offer a unique private, quaint island destination. Leisure fishing is offered as an activity with the opportunity of hooking a Marlin, sailfish, dogtooth tuna, mackerel, various species of kingfish and the infamous bonefish.