Saturday, October 18, 2014

News from the Beach! aka. there is NO ebola in Malawi!

-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!
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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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