From 28 to 31 October 2015 a team from UniLúrio University participated in the 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) conference in Port Edward, South Africa. Two presentations about sharks in Cabo Delgado were the biggest hits: ‘To assess the conservation state, establish regular monitoring and raise awareness of sharks and rays in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique’ and ‘Defining the space use of grey reef sharks Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos on Neptunes, Vamizi Island, Mozambique’. João Macuio, Isabel Marques da Silva and Joana Trindade, together with another two colleagues, were the shark experts. We learnt a lot about sharks – and about the marine environment in general – in the Western Indian Ocean and returned home with plenty of ideas for conservation and research. Thanks WIOMSA!