Here are six great gifts to suit all budgets that support the Marine Megafauna Foundation’s vital work into the research and protection of our ocean’s gentle giants.
Carry the World with you with Meraki Bracelets
Meraki bracelets (from 25 USD) have 9 element beads and one smiley bead with the element beads collected from all around the world so you have a piece from every part of the world around your wrist. Blank beads are made from matte gray labradorite. A donation is made to MMF for every Ocean Conservation bracelet purchased.
Become a Whale Shark Warrior…with these recycled leggings
These Waterlust Whale Shark Warrior Leggings (65 USD), with a print inspired by the largest fish in the sea, are the perfect gift for the active Waterluster. The pattern adorning the leggings is based on the whale shark’s characteristic spots and stripes, which form an intricate pattern like a warrior painted for battle and are used by scientists to identify individual sharks. The leggings are made from 10 recycled post-consumer plastic bottles and 10% of profits will be used by MMF to fund satellite tags to track the movements of endangered whale sharks.
Save Vulnerable Marine Life with Eco-Friendly Bikinis
Help save vulnerable marine species by wearing the latest trend in swimwear with stunning MAGDAKINEDESIGNS’ Isabela Top (84 USD) and Isabela Bottoms (70 USD). MAGDAKINEDESIGNS’ pieces are created from high-end Italian fabric made with ECONYL® Fiber; a regenerated nylon made from recycled carpet fluff and abandoned fishing nets. Each purchase returns a four per cent donation to MMF.
Give Light through your Yoga Practice
Use your yoga practice to help communities in Mozambique with Sahaja Yoga Mats: yoga mats that give back. Each Sahaja mat has a base made from natural tree rubber and an absorbent microfiber towel surface, made from recycled plastics, which combine to give the grip of a towel and support of a yoga mat. For each mat sold (prices start at 127 AUD), a solar light is donated to MMF who distribute the lights to the communities in Mozambique.
Give Unprecedented Access to the Latest Conservation Research
Invest in whale shark science, education and conservation initiatives by donating to MMF’s Patreon crowdfunding campaign (from 3 USD per month, tax deductible for US residents). Receive unprecedented access to MMF’s whale shark team’s work with private access to their latest findings before they’re published, the opportunity to join researchers in the field via live streams and have priority access to join expeditions to iconic locations such as the Galapagos Islands and Komodo National Park. The highest level supporters ($199+ per month) will receive prestigious personal acknowledgement – if you’re amenable – on the team’s scientific publications.
Book the Holiday of a Lifetime
Join MMF’s co-founder Andrea Marshall and her team of scientists in their vital conservation research on an MMF scuba diving expedition (from 3,280 USD). On this exciting expedition, divers will be able to explore the coast of Mozambique: one of the wildest and most breathtaking locations to encounter ocean giants like whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays. Not only will guests have the unique opportunity to dive and interact with these graceful and inquisitive creatures, they will also gain in depth knowledge about the species and contribute to research by helping to collect ID photos of the animals they encounter.
MMF’s vision is a world in which marine life and humans thrive together and we aspire to attain it by saving threatened marine life. The charity’s target group is marine megafauna, which is vital to the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem. When ocean giants are protected, we also achieve an umbrella protection for a wide variety of marine species.
For more information about the work of MMF please visit their website by clicking here.