Fishermen in Mozambique

The fishermen in this bay in the north of Mozambique use traditional methods to catch fish and feed their families. In the time of industrial fishing and overexploitation, they still head out in their dugouts as their ancestors did for centuries. The coastal villages rely on fishing for food and income.

Ghost Goby

A common Ghost Goby (Pleurosicya mossambica) measuring just a few millimetres swims on a coral, Strait of Mozambique.

Gobies are small and secretive. Many of the more than 1600 goby species are never seen, although gobies are the largest family of marine fish. Gobies can be mistaken for blennies; the latter have a single continuous dorsal fin, whereas gobies have two separate fins. A common Ghost Goby (Pleurosicya mossambica) measuring just a few…… Continue reading Ghost Goby

Ilha de Moçambique

A dhow is about to set sail in Ilha de Moçambique.

Ilha de Moçambique was the colonial capital of Portuguese East Africa for four centuries and one of the main ports of the Swahili coast. A stroll through the town is a walk through history. Beyond Cape Bojador When Vasco da Gama landed in Mozambique in 1499, Ilha de Moçambique was already an important port for Arab traders. Vasco…… Continue reading Ilha de Moçambique

Underwater Photography in the Strait of Mozambique

A spotted porcelain crab (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) sits among the stinging tentacles of an anemone, Memba Bay, Strait of Mozambique.

Nature is generous. It gives without expecting anything in return. Generally, there’s a higher-level system ensuring the balance of its parts. These underwater photographs taken in the Strait of Mozambique try to explore some of these coexistences. Take the case of the sea anemone who has several subtenants. There’s typically a pair of anemonefish, as well…… Continue reading Underwater Photography in the Strait of Mozambique

Pipefish

Pipefish, Memba Bay, Strait of Mozambique.

Pipefish are hard to spot underwater, as they have excellent camouflage. They slowly drift over the seabed with the current, and you can easily take them for a stick or dead branch. Pipefish are related to seahorses. They belong to the same family of Syngnathidae, hence they share the same long tubelike snout. Just like…… Continue reading Pipefish

Pinda Lighthouse

Pinda lighthouse oversees Mozambique's Memba bay. The tower was built in 1923 with a height of 31 metres.

Sailing across the Indian Ocean to East Africa is a century-old trading route. Today’s container ships can rely on satellites, radar, and radio. There are still maps on the bridge though, and these maps show the position and light characteristic of each lighthouse on the coast. Pinda lighthouse oversees Mozambique’s Memba bay. The tower was…… Continue reading Pinda Lighthouse

Nosestripe Anemonefish

A nosestripe anemonefish (Amphiprion akallopisos) hides in the stinging tentacles of an anemone, Strait of Mozambique.

Although quite small, the nosestripe anemonefish is incredibly brave. I’ve observed one chasing away another fish that was much larger than itself. The anemonefish repeatedly poked the unwanted visitor in the side and drove him away. These anemonefish usually live in pairs in anemones – hence the name. Their body is coated with protective mucus…… Continue reading Nosestripe Anemonefish