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Taking the road less traveled Spending a year in five continents to embrace my "inner turtle", to live simply, and to avoid being shark bait!


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Tofo, Mozambique
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Parting thoughts on Mozambique

Sunday, 27 May 2012 | Views [1041]

My two main objectives for volunteering in Mozambique was to learn as much as possible about marine conservation and about this country.  I can easily spend another month here (humpback whale season starts in June!) but I am satisfied with everything ... Read more >

Tags: cleaning station, disney, finding nemo, manta ray, marine megafauna, parting thoughts, pixar, sea turtle, tofo, whale shark

Last days at Tofo

Sunday, 27 May 2012 | Views [1109]

Two months flew by, and I'm at my last days in Tofo.  It is really true that time flies when you're having fun!  I cannot believe how much I've learned during my time here, and further reinforce my belief that I learn best by doing and being in the ... Read more >

Tags: inhambane, leatherback turtle, manta ray, ocean safari, orphanage, tofo

Grimmest Day to Continue...

Sunday, 20 May 2012 | Views [871]

Following the dramatic fishing and finning event on the 15th, Marine Megafauna Foundation, the Tofo diving community, and several local businesses jumped into action.  We found out an important fact:  the "success" of catching the sharks ... Read more >

Tags: marine megafauna, shark fin soup, shark finning

My Grimmest Day in Tofo

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Views [1119]

Never have I felt so compelled and with a sense of urgency to share an experience as now.  I have just witnessed the sad but true reality of life in Tofo:  fishermen who targeted sharks and rays and were successful, and the corpses and mutilated bodies ... Read more >

Tags: manta ray gill racker, shark fin, shark fin soup, sustainable fishing, tofo, tourism

Becoming a local expert

Sunday, 13 May 2012 | Views [601]

Six weeks into my program at Mozambique, and now there are only two volunteers from the April group, me and L.  The May volunteers, 9 total, have been here for a week and are settling in.  It's another diverse group:  3 Americans, 2 Brits, 2 Swiss, 1 ... Read more >

Tags: mozambique, ocean safari, plankton, tofo

Midterm Report

Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | Views [1192]

African time may seem to crawl, but in the blink of an eye, my African journey is halfway over, and most volunteers who started with me have left. Good times really pass by quickly. The second half of April was a routine of alternating dives ... Read more >

Tags: barra, manta ray, mozambique, tofo, whale shark

Mother of All Ocean Safaris!!!

Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | Views [769]

Perhaps there may be more exciting ocean safaris to come, but as of now, the one on 16th April is the one to remember! I haven't had much luck at ocean safaris (there were the whale shark and dolphins that others saw but not me, and the empty-... Read more >

Tags: giant manta, ocean safari, tofo, whale shark

"Turtle" Living on the Weekends

Sunday, 15 Apr 2012 | Views [688]

Weekends in Tofo crawl by, they're so very different from the past! We don't have any official volunteering work to do on weekends, so all the time are free.  Even on the weekends, I wake up at the usual time of 6:30 AM (the time I normally wake ... Read more >

Tags: cooking, marine megafauna foundation, ted, tofo

Meeting my neighbors in faraway land

Saturday, 14 Apr 2012 | Views [373]

I didn't expect many tourists in Tofo apart from South Africans, who live close enough to spend a weekend at the beach here.  Tofo is a diving hot spot, so besides South Africans, most other tourists will be divers, many from Europe.  So imagine my ... Read more >

Tags: hong kong, san francisco, shark finning, tofo

Visiting the "big" town

Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | Views [699]

I've gone to Inhambane twice since arriving in Tofo.  First time was with the group coordinator, who took us there to become familiarize; the second time was on our own to run errands and shop for groceries. A chappa runs between Tofo and Inhambane.... Read more >

Tags: chappa, imhambane, tofo

What am I really volunteering for, you ask?

Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | Views [818]

So what exactly is it that us volunteers are doing in Tofo?  I had a hard time articulating before, but now it's much clearer. Tofo may be small but its marine environment is second to none.  For marine biologists, this place is heaven ... Read more >

Tags: djibouti, eco ocean, gill racker, manta ray, marine megafauna foundation, seychelles, shark fin, tofo, whale shark

The Whale Shark that was there but not for Me

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | Views [447]

In addition to research dives, we go on ocean safaris, again with the Peri Peri dive shop; our objective is to look for whale sharks and take that perfect ID photo, so conservation and research groups like Marine Megafauna can identify ... Read more >

Tags: dolphin, mozambique, ocean safari, reef manta ray, tofo, whale shark

Diving with Manta Rays

Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | Views [499]

Diving in Tofo is no joke!  While diving in Koh Tao is like skiing down a green slope, diving in Tofo is more like a black diamond.  Where are the blue slopes?? I had two dives each week during the first two weeks.  Even though I wasn't ... Read more >

Tags: dive, giant manta ray, mozambique, tofo

Arriving in Tofo

Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | Views [635]

So much has happened in the last two weeks, I am having a hard time putting into words everything that's going on! I flew into Inhambane, the major town close to Tofo (pronounced "tofu"), almost two weeks ago.  The airport ... Read more >

Tags: all out africa, inhambane, mozambique, tofo

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