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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 (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.

Filed Under (Bazaruto Islands) by BC Travel on April-10-2008

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an amazing island destination situated on Bazaruto Island, the largest island in the Mozambican archipelago of the same name. It offers visitors the quintessential Indian Ocean island holiday as well as a gateway to the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding area. The largest of the archipelago islands, Bazaruto is one of Africa’s premier scuba diving destinations. Divers are able to see over 100 species of coral, thousands of tropical fish species, five kinds of dolphins, four whale species and sharks, all five marine sea turtle species and the largest population of the rare dugong on the African east coast. Owned by Rani Resorts, Indigo Bay offers world-class luxury, with its elegant design making the most of its superb location on the white-sand shores of Bazaruto. State-of-the-art facilities include restaurants, bars, swimming pools, specialist dive pool, and an activity centre, which co-ordinates a wide variety of water sports, as well as diving and fishing activities.

Filed Under (Mozambique islands, Quirimbas) by Marian on April-7-2008

Vamizi Island Lodge is an amazing 24-bed lodge built on the northern side of the Vamizi Island and looks towards Rongui from the end of a long powder-sand beach. Vamizi Island Lodge consists of ten separate beach houses, each with its own large living room, spectacular bathroom and breezy veranda; two houses can accommodate four guests, the rest of the houses lodge two guests. The houses are all private from each other and look out to the Indian Ocean from the shade of the forest that forms the centre of the island. Samango monkeys play in the trees and prowl the glades, hunting the land crabs that live there.

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12 luxurious beach villas, spaced 70 metres apart for complete privacy, Each villa is a spacious 160 square metres, Villas 3 & 9 are family rooms with two en suite bedrooms. Villas 1 & 10 are perfect for honeymooners, Swahili coast style decor, Makuti thatched roofs with Mahogany & Teak floors, Giant king size beds.