Madagascar Wildlife & Marine Life Gallery

This year's Aqua-Firma Madagascar Whale Shark Research - Tropical Islands, Lemurs & Marine Life experience once again exceeded expectations. 

We enjoyed multiple whale shark encounters, every day, with several individual sharks bearing spot pattern identified by host researcher, Stella Diamant, as new to the area. Stella managed to attach acoustic tags to some of these new individuals - something which will help monitor where they travel when out of sight (click HERE for more information about tracking whale sharks).

Whale Shark Nosy Be Madagascar

Whale Shark Madagascar Nosy Be snorkel

Whale Shark Research Madagascar Nosy Be

whale shark madagascar nosy be

We also enjoyed healthy coral reefs, unaffected by coral bleaching. There are lots of huge pristine Acropora table corals in this area - of a scale which take decades to grow, but just a matter of days to die if water temperatures cause symbiotic algae to leave their host. 

coral reef madagascar

coral reef madagascar nosy be tanikely

coral reef madagascar cushion star

As expected, Humpback whales were seen in the area, migrating up from Antarctica to give birth and breed:

Humpback Whale Madagascar Nosy Be Iranja

Rare Omura whales were also seen, feeding on bait fish. This part of Madagascar is the best place in the World to see these whales, which stay in the Tropics year-round:

Omura Whale Madagascar Nosy Be

Spinner dolphins danced beneath the bow of our research boat; and true to their name, corkscrewed out of the water beside us: 

spinner dolphins madagascar

spinner dolphin madagascar

We enjoyed a few encounters with mobula rays, giant mantas and Hawksbill turtles. Green turtles appeared every day, on seagrass beds a short swim from our base: 

Green Turtle seagrass Madagascar

Above water, we enjoyed the company of Black lemurs every day, including newborns brought out from a Sacred Forest right beside our base. Whilst males are black, females are a lovely chestnut brown colour:

Black lemur females Madagascar Nosy Be Sakatia

male black lemur madagascar nosy be sakatia

In Madagascar's most westerly rainforest, we spotted nocturnal Sportive Lemurs, roosting in the folds and holes of trees; as well as Madagascar's smallest family of lemur: Mouse Lemurs of the Nosy Be variety (Microcebus mamiratra - also known as Claire's Mouse Lemur) ... and their most feared predator here, the Malagasy Giant Hognose Snake:

malagasy giant hognose snake madagascar

On hands and knees, we looked into the World one of the world's smallest species chameleon (Brookesia minima), amongst others: 

Brookesia minima chameleon nosy be madagascar lokobe

& enjoyed some stunning tropical island scenery:

madagascar pirogue coral reef island traditional sailing boat

madagascar tropical island scenery palm tree mangroves

Click HERE to find out how to join us next October.

Photos by Ralph Pannell & Stephen Burgess


Playing Tag with Whale Sharks

Lemurs of Madagascar

  • Black Lemur mother & baby close to the Sacred Forest
  • Female Black Lemur
  • Whale-shark-into-the-blue-Aqua-Firma-Ralph-Pannell.jpg
  • Chameleon Lokobe Forest
  • Nosy Be Sportive Lemur roosting in Madagascar's western-most rainforest
  • Photograph by guest Stephen Burgess
  • The Nosy Be, or Clare's Mouse Lemur
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