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Hermanus, the world's foremost land based whale watching destination, is a thriving holiday resort offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman's village charm. The popular resort town of Hermanus, situated between mountain and sea, has gained world-wide recognition as the world's foremost land based whale watching destination. This has resulted in the former fishing village showing a tremendous growth over the last few years.

6 Cool Facts about Madagascar… authentic Island, a world apart

6 Cool Facts about Madagascar… authentic Island, a world apart

Madagascar is a largely unknown island in the Indian Ocean and unique in that it is one of the only places in which 80% of the species of plants and animals are endemic to that region only. Madagascar located 400 km off the east coast of Africa, south of the equator, and is the fourth largest island in the world.

The Vermont Salt Pan, a part of the greenbelt system, is also classified as critically endangered area.

The Vermont Salt Pan, a part of the greenbelt system, is also classified as critically endangered area.

Apart from the natural vegetation that these green belts protect, they are also home to numerous bird species and small animals with at least two  antelope species, mongoose, porcupine and caracal...

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.

8 Wine farms and wineries along the Stanford Wine Route

8 Wine farms and wineries along the Stanford Wine Route

The Stanford Wine Route in South Africa is an up and coming area in the Overberg. Wine Estates here are producing award winning, cool climate wines.

Red Tide, Blue Tide: Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Red Tide, Blue Tide: Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Red tides, which often contain harmful algal blooms (HABs), are caused by chemical reactions that occur between algae and other substances.

Hermanus Passion Play on Good Friday 25 March 2016

Hermanus Passion Play on Good Friday 25 March 2016

On the very first Good Friday, more than 2000 years ago, three crosses were erected on a hill in Calvary.  Jesus Christ was crucified in the middle, with two criminals, probably murderers, at his sides.  The obvious arrangement of these three crosses carries an important message

Road project on the R43 between Bot River and Hermanus schedule

Road project on the R43 between Bot River and Hermanus schedule

Over the last few months, motorists have been frustrated at long delays on Department of Transport and Public Works roadworks along the R43 between Bot River and Hermanus.

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.

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Scientists think rising temperatures and increased exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, light brought on by climate change may be behind chemical changes in the bark of cork oaks.

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.

22 Epic Photos - Above & below on the border of two worlds.

22 Epic Photos - Above & below on the border of two worlds.

Above and Below… you’ll  never know what you might encounter  just below the surface.

Fryer’s Cove wines… sipping the sea on the West Coast.

Fryer’s Cove wines… sipping the sea on the West Coast.

On the waterfront in a derelict old crayfish factory right at the seaside in the bay you will find a tiny winery, tasting room and alfresco jetty restaurant This is the address of Fryer’s Cove wines, forged of the earth and tempered by the sea.

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