Marine Wildlife

The health of the ocean and marine life are so often taken for granted and due to our increasing numbers and wasteful practices, the ocean appears to be as vulnerable to harm by human activities as any other environmental realm—and maybe even more so based on the severity and scale of the threats we encounter on a daily basis.
The Cape Whale Coast in South Africa is a Biodiversity HopeSpot worthy of protection.

10 Facts about African Penguins

10 Facts about African Penguins

African Penguin also called a jackass penguin, they make donkey-like braying sounds to communicate.

Annual aerial survey of southern right whales

Annual aerial survey of southern right whales

The 38th consecutive annual survey of southern right whales and the resulting dataset is one of the longest such datasets available worldwide. This year the survey is being run in conjunction with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, which has always provided a supportive logistical role in the past.

Enjoy a Fun  Family Trip on the African Penguin Route

Enjoy a Fun Family Trip on the African Penguin Route

 There are two kinds of family activities I absolutely love; the free ones (Don’t we all?) and the activities where we teach our kids to have fun while we invest in their future by investing in the environment- taking care of each other and nature through responsible tourism.

 

Minister’s quick action on shark-cage diving, whale watching

Minister’s quick action on shark-cage diving, whale watching

The extension of current permits will ensure that boat-based whale watching and White shark cage-diving activities continue as usual.

Whale Fall- the strange ecosystem in the ocean

Whale Fall- the strange ecosystem in the ocean

Whale Fall: A gift from above

 A single dead whale can nourish a specialized ecosystem that lasts for decades. Species similar to those at whale falls may have depended on dead marine reptiles for millions of years

Researchers use Drones to fly through Whale spouts to study the breath of Whales.

Researchers use Drones to fly through Whale spouts to study the breath of Whales.

Though a whale’s spout looks like a stream of water, that’s actually water vapor from the warm breath being expelled from the whale’s lungs.

 Dolphin Escapes Captivity, Finds Her Family In The Wild And Has A Baby

Dolphin Escapes Captivity, Finds Her Family In The Wild And Has A Baby

This is a tale of survival and hope against all odds.A formerly captive dolphin named Sampal has given birth to a healthy calf after finding her own way back to her family and freedom in the open ocean.

10 Facts you did not know about Bottlenose Dolphins

10 Facts you did not know about Bottlenose Dolphins

The most popular dolphin is the Bottlenose Dolphin as it is the one we have seen in tv series, movies, and aquatic shows. Yet, we dont know these friendly creatures.

What do we know about Loggerhead turtles?

What do we know about Loggerhead turtles?

To see these magnificent creatures make their way up the beach, dig a hole with their flippers, lay their eggs, carefully cover up their nest...

Is the red tide in Hermanus harmful to swimmers?

Is the red tide in Hermanus harmful to swimmers?

The red tide currently visible in Walker Bay are harmful to mussels and filter organisms such as red bait and oysters  but it does not pose any danger to people swimming in the ocean. It’s a non-toxic species, but if the concentration becomes too high, it could cause fish mortalities through bloom decay and anoxia.

Members of the public are asked to call the department’s Red Tide Information answering service on (021) 434 4457 to get updates on the tide’s status.
 Author of 'Jaws,' regretted making the great white shark into a villain

Author of 'Jaws,' regretted making the great white shark into a villain

Peter Benchley, whose 1974 novel "Jaws" turned shark attacks into a national obsession and who later used what he called his "fish story" to help promote oceanic conservation.Mr. Benchley, who even found himself enduring the wrath of Jacques Cousteau, said repeatedly in later years that he regretted making the great white shark into a villain.

Virga is rain that does not reach the ground

Virga is rain that does not reach the ground

Virga is rain that evaporates before it reaches the ground. It appears in streaks or shafts extending from the bottoms of clouds. You often see virga over a desert, where low humidity and high temperatures can cause rain to evaporate high in the sky.

Abalone - the mollusk we will soon only see on a postcard

Abalone - the mollusk we will soon only see on a postcard

Abalone is shellfish of the univalve family, meaning they have only one shell, unlike bivalves such as clams that consists of 2 shells. Most abalone lives in shallow waters and grows very slowly.

Scientists Finally Understand Shark Skin, Thanks to 3D Printers

Scientists Finally Understand Shark Skin, Thanks to 3D Printers

If you described a shark as a toothy torpedo covered in sandpaper, you wouldn't be too far off the mark. It's that rough sandpapery skin that gives sharks their highly efficient swimming abilities, and scientists finally understand why.

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