Zanzibar Humpback Team Journal: Progress Meetings and Festival Greetings

Good news on the Hydrophone recorder front! Finally and after an unforeseen additional fee of more than half of the normal weekly food shopping budget, the recorder arrived safe and sound from Dar! IFAW Zanzibar Humpback Whale Research Project: Rachel prepares the hydrophone Our first month in the field ended with a meeting (Sat July 30th) held mostly in Kiswahili, at the Menai Bay Conservation Area (MBCA) office to address issues and basic guidelines surrounding best code of conduct regarding the increasing dolphin tourism (Utalii wa Pomboo) boats around Kizimkazi. Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS): “Pwani (=coastal) project” called for the meeting. Attendance was good and included representatives from MBCA; Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar; Kizimkazi Dolphin and Tourism Association (KIDOTOA); boat tour operators and drivers. Kristin delivered a talk about our whale research and questions such as ‘Why is it not safe to swim with Nyangumi (=humpback whales)?’ were raised by the participants. Group discussions were held concerning responsibility, involvement, problems and solutions towards sustainable dolphin (and whale) tourism allowing for an exchange of views and outlooks. Zanzibar Festival Cuisine: Lucy and Rachel in Jambiani. Lucy (accompanied by Rachael) had to leave the meeting early to head to Jambiani for a compassionate out of hours consultation with ´Dr Nick´ (a well known Makunduchi based British doctor) down on Mfumbwi beach, who was part-taking in Zanzibar’s first ever Beach and Watersports Festival. The ‘alfresco’ appointment was a first for Lucy and even left us with time to catch the exciting local Dhow race. Good news on the Hydrophone recorder front! Finally and after an unforeseen additional fee of more than half of the normal weekly food shopping budget, the recorder arrived safe and sound from Dar! So, weather permitting, we are now carrying out regular hydrophone drops during survey efforts to continue with acoustic recordings and analyses of singing humpback males and have to date heard distant singing, but have yet to make a substantial recording. This will aid towards distinguishing whether Zanzibar waters are indeed part of an important breeding ground requiring additional safeguarding. We also utilised the plastic cushioning air-filled bags that housed the delivered recorder to waterproof our survey watch (to cover a missing button), tying it off with rice bag strings and are now becoming well known for our ‘shamba style’. Whilst doing our weekly shop up in Stone Town Rachael kept up the medical theme with an impromptu trip to the local clinic for a quick pin-prick malaria test. To all our relief, it turns out she had just contracted a bad case of the local flu that had also infected Foum and Mau and later that week, Kristin. ‘Pole sana’ us! Lucy and Khamis (Team ‘Lewis’ and ‘Houmus’  - name pronunciation lost in translation between Lucy and Khamis) seems to be made of stronger stuff and they enjoyed a trip to Jozani-Chwaka (Conservation) Bay National Park, to see the endemic Red Colobus monkeys. Meal of the week: Stone Town Takeaway of chicken pilau and tasty samosas for Kristin (at the Menai Bay meeting) and for Lucy and Rachael; Jambiani Festival cuisine of veggie kebabs, chicken skewers and chips (after Lucy’s beach doctor consultation). -- The Zanzibar Humpback Whale Project Team

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

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