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.

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

The bowhead whale is so-called because of its bow-shaped mouth and is black in colour with a whitish chin patch , broken by a 'necklace' of black spots.

Bryde’s Whales

Bryde’s Whales

They are named after a Norwegian, John Bryde, who, in 1912, financed the first scientific investigation of whales in South African waters.

Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

Humpback” refers to the habit of raising and bending its back in preparation for the dive, accentuating the pronounced hump in front of the dorsal fin.

Southern Right Whale Behaviour

Southern Right Whale Behaviour

While at the surface, Southern right whales exhibit a variety of behaviors, including: breaching, fluking (lifting the tail out of the water), spy hopping, logging

Facts about Southern Right Whales

Facts about Southern Right Whales

Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. The animals, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November.

Southern Right Whales 101

Southern Right Whales 101

The southern right whale, Eubalaena australis, is among the largest of the four baleen whale species that come close inshore on the southern African coast: Southern Right, Humpback, Bryde's and Minke whales

Avian Influenza and African Penguin Update

Avian Influenza and African Penguin Update

 WHAT IS AVIAN INFLUENZA?

Avian influenza, also known as ‘avian flu’ or ‘bird flu’ is an infection of wild birds and commercial or domestic poultry and ostriches. Waterbirds are the natural host of avian influenza.

 Plastic pellets nurdle alert. How can you help?

Plastic pellets nurdle alert. How can you help?

 A devastating spillage of over 49tons of plastic pellets called “nurdles” occurred in Durban Harbour during a storm on 10 October 2017. The “nurdles” have now been dispersed along the coastline and are washing up on the beaches as far as  Gansbaai and Grotto.Public help is needed  to collect as many plastic  “nurdles” as possible before they cause any further harm to our fragile marine ecosystems

Where did all the penguins go?

We all know that Africa is not for “sissies” and the African Penguin is a perfect example of African tenaciousness.  The story of the African penguin is not a good story to tell. This iconic bird is on the brink of extinction. We have lost 99% of our African Penguin population through no fault of their own.

Badly decayed sperm whale washed up in Pearly Beach, thousands of miles from home

Badly decayed sperm whale washed up in Pearly Beach, thousands of miles from home

This is the third sperm whale that has washed up in the Gansbaai area in the last four years which is amazing because we don’t know where they come from.

Let us pass the shark conservation baton on to our children

Let us pass the shark conservation baton on to our children

It is a privilege for young  aspiring scientist early in the 21st century armed with the opportunities that didn’t exist any time in the past.. Never again will there be a better time to use the power of knowing to ensure the enduring future of human kind. The greatest era of exploration has just begun and our children can be a part of it.

 How did the Killer Whales outsmart the Great White Sharks?

How did the Killer Whales outsmart the Great White Sharks?

The great white shark is one of the ocean's most powerful predators, yet it is sometimes prey for orcas that killed several of these formidable creatures in Gansbaai, South Africa this month.

Let's celebrate these 7 marine moms

Let's celebrate these 7 marine moms

Humans aren’t the only ones who take extraordinary steps to protect, nurture and raise their young. The animal kingdom is full of with moms that take the time to teach their babies how to find food and protect themselves from the elements. Here’s a look at seven outstanding animal mothers going the extra mile for their young:

In-water sea turtle research around the Keys in Florida

In-water sea turtle research around the Keys in Florida

Inwater Research Group is a small non-profit located in Jensen Beach, FL whose mission is to provide the scientific community and general public with information to promote the conservation of coastal and marine species and their habitats. Specifically, our research and education is focused on the various species of sea turtles that utilize Florida waters and nesting beaches.

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