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Boa Vista: Home to Atlantic Africa’s Multi-Species Shark Nursery



Boa Vista has long been a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and ocean admirers. Now, it proudly boasts a new distinction – the birthplace of Atlantic Africa’s inaugural multi-species shark nursery!


Nestled in Sal Rei Bay, this groundbreaking find has positioned Boa Vista as a global leader in marine conservation. The nursery serves as a haven for diverse shark species, offering a rare opportunity for scientists and visitors to witness these remarkable creatures thriving in their natural environment.


From August 2016 to September 2019, our beach gillnet-based surveys revealed a staggering 6162 neonates and juveniles spanning 5 distinct shark species in Sal Rei Bay. Among them are milk sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks, blacktip sharks, Atlantic weasel sharks, and nurse sharks. Seasonally, the bay experiences notable fluctuations in shark abundance, peaking during the summer and autumn months except for nurse sharks.


Our ongoing conservation endeavors in Boa Vista are committed to safeguarding this fragile ecosystem and preserving these majestic marine species. We extend an invitation for you to join us in this noble cause and deepen your understanding of our local marine life. Whether you're an avid diver or simply captivated by oceanic wonders, Boa Vista promises an unforgettable experience.


While here, explore beyond the shores to uncover Boa Vista’s treasures. Delight in pristine beaches and immerse yourself in our vibrant local culture. Our Travel Guide offers insights to enrich your visit and make the most of your time.


For those intrigued by the scientific depths of this revelation, our Marine Life section provides comprehensive insights into the unique species thriving in our waters.


The preservation of Sal Rei Bay's nursery is paramount. As identified by IUCN, all shark species present face looming extinction, especially the critically endangered scalloped hammerheads and the endangered Atlantic weasel sharks. Protecting Sal Rei Bay not only safeguards shark populations but also supports other iconic fauna like loggerhead turtles and the broader marine ecosystems.


Boa Vista isn’t just a destination; it's an immersive journey. Embrace the splendor of nature, and let the ocean’s marvels captivate you."

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