Based in Tahiti, MATA TOHORA is a Polynesian association, with a scientific and educational purpose, exclusively dedicated to the study and the protection of marine mammals in French Polynesia.
The main objective is to protect marine mammals and their habitat in their natural environment, through studies and communication. In order to ensure this, the association proposes various studies, activities and events throughout the year in French Polynesia.
A network of trained volunteers is distributed over many islands in order to take action quickly in case of a problem: whale or dolphin caught in nets, stranded alive or dead cetaceans (significant bacteria risk), etc. Although the team is made of researchers in marine biology, vets and doctors, the spirit of the association is first of all to federate all marine mammal enthusiasts, amateurs or professionals.