At the Maru we have really enjoyed expanding our underwater population and biodiversity surveys to Nkhata Bay and are hoping to expand even further north along the coast to Usisya Bay (see the map below.) Most of the potential sites in this bay have only been dived by a handful of people ever and we are sure that there are many places just waiting to be discovered! So one lucky intern and I are going to take a few days to drive up to Usisya from Kande in one of our boats and see what there is to see. We'll be sure to take a lot pictures both above and below the water. Stayed tune!
So after a couple months of getting to know the site we have set up in Nkhata Bay for population and biodiversity surveying we did our first official survey yesterday. James and Dani, our two interns, did the survey. Good job guys! See below all the fish that we are getting to know. A big thanks to Ad Konings for helping us to identify all of them. This survey is done at an average depth of 10 meters. We will be setting up another survey in Nkhata Bay at 5 meters in a couple months time. Stay tuned!
-So up in Mzuzu at Joy's Place we got our first rains of the new rainy season yesterday. They were beautiful! Its amazing how all the plants just suck up the water and burst out in technicolor greens.
- The rains didn't make it to the Beach but we did get a wonderful lightning display. Last week James, and Dani, two of our interns went out fishing with some of the Malawian fishers we monitor. This wasn't your ordinary fishing trip. They paddled for over 10 kms, starting at 1:30am and getting back around 9am. What an experience and good on them for toughing it out! At the Maru we think it is so important not just to study our environment but to get involved in it and we really want to thank Chitaro, Martin, and Mike, for allowing James and Dani to tag along with them and learn about what they do night after night on the beautiful lake of stars!
- And finally we are sure that our readers outside of Malawi and Africa are concerned about Ebola. Here in Malawi we are not. If you are reading this from Europe, you are likely closer to the epidemic than we are. If you are reading this from North America, there are more cases of ebola there than in Malawi. Africa is NOT a country. We take the health and safety of all our customers at Aquanuts, Joy's Place, and of our research staff at the Maru very seriously and will not hesitate to take swift action if the need arises but this is a very, very, very remote possibility.
- Get yourself to Malawi, the Lake is waiting!
News from the Beach! aka. there is NO ebola in 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!
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!
The Maru Research Center is an independent research center located on the northern shores of Lake Malawi. We are passionate about lake research and Malawi.
Aquanuts Divers is a PADI dive center at Kande Beach, Lake Malawi, the most biologically diverse lake on the planet!
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