Marine Adventure & Diving Marine Adventure & Diving Sodwana Bay, Sudafrica Deep Blue Conservation
Deep Blue offers the experience of a lifetime, marine conservation volunteering with a diving vacation all rolled into one!

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Project Details

Deep Blue is an Adventure Volunteer Organization. Volunteers learn about the ocean, marine conservation, take part in research and have the experience of a lifetime!

Deep Blue is a new organisation run by a young couple looking to put a new spin on volunteering. We wanted to create a program that allowed volunteers to make a difference to Marine Conservation efforts worldwide while having a fun diving vacation. 

Our mission is to provide volunteers with an amazing unforgettable experience both under the water and on land. We want volunteers to leave feeling that they have made a difference in the conservation of our oceans and have the knowledge and passion to continue protecting our oceans in the future. 

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Joanne Dilnot
Joanne Dilnot
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Social Impact

Volunteers collect photographic data on turtles, mantas, whales, ragged-tooth sharks and nudibranchs. This data is contributed to various Worldwide Wildbook projects.

Turtles: Turtle data is contributed to Internet of Turtles. This database uses the facial scales of turtles to identify individuals, compare this to other data entered and map the turtle's movements. Our coastline has the only major nesting site for Loggergead and Leatherback turtles left in Africa. We hope to monitor the Sodwana Bay turtle population, their movements and the turtles regularly using our beaches to nest.

Manta Rays: Manta data is contributed to Manta Matcher. There are both Oceanic and Reef Manta Rays found on our reefs. This data is used in conjunction with populations in Mozambique to analyse the migration patterns of these manta rays.

Whales: Whale data collection takes place in winter and is more boat-based research before dives. Pictures taken of whales is contributed to Flukebook. This database identifies individual whales using markings and the shape pattern of their flukes. Annually whales migrate passed Sodwana to Mozambique to breed and calve. We can then provide valuable data on the individuals moving through our bay.

Ragged-tooth Sharks: Ragged-tooth sharks data is contributed to Spot a Shark. Each year these sharks move to our Quarter Mile Reef to gestate. This is an important location in their life cycle and we hope to identify sharks regularly using this site and shed light on various aspects of their life cycle.

Nudibranchs: This database is our own personal database. Sodwana Bay has a rich biodiversity of nudibranchs, with many species that have only been found in this region. We hope to shed light on the biodiversity within our reefs as well document species that have yet to be described.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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