This news comes off the back of our first whale sightings near the Kwanini Marine Protected Area, which is incredibly exciting for both our scientists and local team members on the ground in Pemba. Hopefully these are merely the first of many sightings to come!
We have recently made contact, and will be working very closely with, members of the Kenya Marine Mammal Research & Conservation group (part of the Watamu Marine Association, link to their website here: https://www.watamumarine.co.ke/
), who will be using their expertise and knowledge to help us in forming a land-based whale monitoring programme that will help us to understand Humpback whale migration patterns in the Pemba Channel.
We will also be exploring a partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (link to their website here: https://www.wcs.org/
) to provide support in the ever-important (and ongoing) project of whale tagging, allowing scientists to continually monitor whales worldwide and develop strategies for better conservation of whale populations.
In the meantime, we are trying to finance a suitable observation platform for both guests to the Manta Resort and our Ranger team alike, both facilitating our whale monitoring operations and allowing guests to enjoy the spectacle of these majestic creatures visiting the Pemban coast. If you would like to assist in this initiative, please head over to our Donations page (link here: http://kwaninifoundation.org/donate/
) to support the funding of this exciting new project.