Zanzibar Dolphin & Shark Research Project 2013

Dolphins, sharks and ”pingers” – it’s all happening in Zanzibar

Fig.1. Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Menai Bay, Zanzibar

Greetings from a new research season on Zanzibar. Following on the success from last summer’s humpback whale project (see blogs at https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/marinescience/category/zanzibarhumpbackwhaleproject and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zanzibar-Humpback-Whale-Project/128089323948221) we are now back in full swing with 3 new studies. This time we are focussing on dolphins and sharks. Dr Per Berggren is joined by MPhil students Will Joyce and Andrew Temple and post graduates Stina Nyström from Sweden and Yussuf Salmin from Zanzibar.

We had a slightly frustrating first 24 hours because none of our luggage arrived when we did. That meant almost all of our equipment and personal effects where stuck somewhere between Newcastle and Zanzibar. Luckily the luggage arrived the following day and we could start setting up equipment and enjoy a change of clothes.

We spent the first couple of days applying for research permits, food shopping and visiting colleagues at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam and moving in to our home for the next 3 months in Kizimkazi-Dimbani on the south coast of Zanzibar.

Read more at our latest blog at: https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/marinescience/2013/03/21/zanzibar-shark-project-update-13022013-when-tigers-became-makos/

published on: 6th February 2013