Monday, September 29, 2014

Diving with Otters in Lake Malawi!

So over the years here on Lake Malawi at Kande Island I have had the privilege to dive with otters on several occasions.  They are a reclusive but also very curious bunch and just last week our intern James Muir was lucky enough to get a short video clip of one, and the big fellow even gave him a friendly wave!  Take a look for yourself!  If you needed another reason to come out to this beautiful lake (which you don't) you've just got one!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Even More Photos

We've put up even more photos on our gallery to the right.  Just click on it to see them in full size.  Here is a sample below!






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Friday, September 5, 2014

More Photos!

So in an attempt to keep with it and be hip we are adding more photos! Look just to the right and you will see a small slideshow, click on it and you can see a whole gallery in full size!  Don't worry, it will grow!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

I want to be a marine biologist!

Certainly not everyone.  But a whole bunch of people I’m sure, including myself, have wanted to be a marine biologist at some point in their life.  Whales, dolphins, “nemo” fish, are all just so cool and the idea of waking up on a boat every morning to study them, commune with them, has a level of indefinable appeal on a par with apple pie for Americans or a cup of tea for the Brits.  Here at Kande Beach we at the Maru have channeled that love for wet animals into a passion for understanding the beautiful biodiversity of Lake Malawi.  Unfortunately we have a feeling that we might be missing a lot of like-minded wet animal lovers because of a cruel bit of linguistic pedantry.  You see technically “marine” biology only concerns itself with beasties living in our oceans.  This definition tragically excludes the amazing technicolored cichlid fish of Lake Malawi who are unjustly relegated to the rather less famous domain of “aquatic” biology.  Unfortunately definitions matter.  Lake Malawi which looks like this,





And has fish like this…




Doesn’t get the attention it deserves because many fish lovers don’t know that they are excluding it from possible discovery every time they google “marine biology.”  The search results speak for themselves, google “marine biology” and you get over 21 million hits.  Google “aquatic biology” and you don’t even get 2 million!

So everyone reading this blog post please, please, give us a hand so that the amazing fish living in Lake Malawi get the attention they deserve!  You can’t care about what you don’t know and too many people don’t know about the amazing opportunities that aquatic biology offers to people interested in what they assume to be all “marine” biology!  Even better come out to Kande and see for yourselves what Lake Malawi has to offer!  Whether as a tourist, traveler, volunteer,or intern, everyone is welcome!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

News from the Beach! Nkhata Bay Edition!

Well we are into the home stretch of our "winter"season here at Kande.  The waves haven't been too rough this year and we been doing a lot of interesting research.  Anna from Austraila and Sarah from England have joined our team in the last month and are hard at work learning about the lake's amazing biodiversity.  We are happy to announce that we have also just opened up a new survey underwater population and biodiversity survey transect in Nkhata Bay.  This bay was the home of the first research center on the lake and to the first studies of its beautiful Cichlid fish.  We are walking in the footsteps of giants!  Take a look at some of the photos from our new site!







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Friday, July 4, 2014

Kande Island Clean Up!

So Gift, one of the interns at the Maru Research Center and I went out the other day for our first inaugural Kande Island Clean Up dive!  In the windy season here especially unfortunately fishermen tend to lose their nets under the water where they then become deadly and unsightly eyesores.  We will be going out regularly from now on to ensure that Kande Island remains free of lost nets.  Come on out and give us a hand!



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Friday, June 27, 2014

News from the Beach



-Well we are getting into winter season here on the lake so temperatures are dropping. I actually had to but a sweater on last night. It's was 20 degrees! That's roughly 70 degrees for my American friends. So really we are not hurting that much!

-The Maru and Aquanuts Divers are excited about our new research assistant and dive instructor Tim. A geologist with experience doing dive research in Central America we look forward to the skills he can bring to our research efforts here on the lake.

-At the Maru we are also busy analyzing the data from our underwater population and biodiversity surveys and with the help of a local Peace Corps volunteer, Nick, hope to get something published from it once we hit our three year anniversary of data collection at our two survey sites around Kande Island. Stay tuned as we will be publishing a blog version of the article here in the following weeks.
We'd also like to take the opportunity to make an early welcome to the two new interns who will be joining us in July, Sarah and Danielle. We look forward to welcoming them to Malawi and introducing them to the amazing biodiversity of lake.

-Finally Joy's Place we are happy to report that Joy's Place in Mzuzu has been moving from strength to strength. For all those who have supported us, we'd like to give a big THANK YOU and let those of you who haven't visited us know that you will shortly be able to book us through Airbnb and hostelworld.com or just as easy shoot us an email at joyinmzuzu@gmail.com.


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