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Marine Life of Mozambique

Mozambique has yet to be discovered by mass tourism, and as a result its reefs are untouched and an incredible variety of marine life exists in its waters.

Bazaruto and Quirimba Archipelagos

Reefs of the Quirimba ArchipelagoBoth the Bazaruto Archipelago and Quirimba Archipelago are noted for not only their diversity but also the size of their reef fish, with parrotfish, angelfish, batfish, potato groupers, morays, and others all reaching exceptional sizes. Blacktip and whitetip sharks, blue spotted stingray, and electric rays are common. There are iridescent corals and nudibranches, giant clams, rare pipefish, seahorses and more.

Dugongs are present but hard to spot as they exist in only small numbers. In addition, they tend to frequent the seagrass beds as opposed to the reefs where most diving and snorkeling takes place. Turtles are common, with green turtles nesting on the beaches between November and March. Many of the lodges in Mozambique keep a note of when the eggs are due to hatch and then guests can watch the young turtles breaking from the eggs and heading for the sea.

Humpback whales are seen from June to December when they come close to shore to shelter their calves. Spinner, bottlenose and common dolphins are seen all year round.

Bazaruto's reefs are rich in fish life

Bazaruto's reefs are rich in fish life

Reefs of the Quirimba Archipelago

Reefs of the Quirimba Archipelago

Reefs of the Quirimbas Archipelago

Reefs of the Quirimbas Archipelago

Sailing around the Indian Ocean, Mozambique

Sailing around the Indian Ocean, Mozambique

Swimming from the dhow

Swimming from the dhow

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