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

Boa Vista has always been a haven for nature lovers and marine enthusiasts. Now, it has another feather in its cap – it’s home to the first multi-species shark nursery in Atlantic Africa!

This groundbreaking discovery, made in Sal Rei Bay, has put Boa Vista on the global map for marine conservation. The nursery hosts a variety of shark species, offering a unique opportunity for scientists and visitors alike to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

From August 2016 to September 2019, a total of 6162 neonates and juveniles of 5 different shark species were observed in Sal Rei Bay using beach gillnet-based bycatch surveys. These species include milk sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks, blacktip sharks, Atlantic weasel sharks, and nurse sharks. Except for nurse sharks, significant seasonal variations in shark relative abundance were observed, with higher levels being recorded during summer and autumn.

Our ongoing conservation efforts in Boa Vista aim to protect this delicate ecosystem and ensure the survival of these magnificent marine species. We invite you to join us in these efforts and learn more about our local marine life. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a marine life enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in Boa Vista.

While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the other wonders that Boa Vista has to offer. From our pristine beaches to our vibrant local culture, there’s a world of experiences waiting for you. Check out our Travel Guide for tips on making the most of your visit.

For those interested in the scientific aspects of this discovery, we’ve got you covered. Dive deeper into the details with our Marine Life section, where you can learn more about the unique species that call our waters home.

The protection and conservation of Sal Rei Bay nursery area is especially relevant as, according to IUCN, all identified shark species are threatened with extinction over the near-future – in particular, scalloped hammerheads (critically endangered) and Atlantic weasel sharks (endangered). The effective protection of Sal Rei Bay will not only support the conservation of shark populations, but also of other charismatic fauna (e.g., loggerhead turtles) and broader benthic and pelagic ecosystems.

Boa Vista is not just a destination, it’s an experience. Come, immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and discover the wonders of the ocean with us.