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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

The story of Wendy The Whale

The story of Wendy The Whale

Wendy the Whale is the story about a lone female southern right whale who gets beached on the shore of Hermanus, a small fishing town in South Africa and all the townspeople come together to help release her back into the sea.

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

A new group of killer whales has moved to South Africa – and they have an appetite for sharks!

A new group of killer whales has moved to South Africa – and they have an appetite for sharks!

There has been a dramatic decline in great white shark sightings in False Bay, Cape Town, and it looks like shark-eating killer whales could be to blame. This new sub-group of killer whale has moved to Cape waters seeking fresh hunting grounds following declines in prey species in other parts of the world.

Secrets of the Southern Right Whales

Secrets of the Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales are the welcome visitors from Antartica from June to December every year. But how well do we know these gentle giants of the ocean? Here are a few interesting facts about them.

What to do when you find Stranded Sea turtles

What to do when you find Stranded Sea turtles

On the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa thousands of loggerhead and leatherbacksea turtles hatch. 
They head to sea and are carried southward by the warm Agulhas Current. Many of these hatchlings find themselves stranded on beaches of the Cape's South Coast.

Naval Sonar Is Killing And Beaching Whales

Naval Sonar Is Killing And Beaching Whales

We have known for a long time that naval sonar has devastating effects on marine life but just exactly how it leads to sickness and death was a mystery till now. Research now proves that decompression sickness can, in fact, occur in marine mammals.

Hammerhead Shark Facts in a nutshell

Hammerhead Shark Facts in a nutshell

The unusual structure of the head makes the head look like a hammer, this is why they are known as "Hammerhead sharks". This "hammer" on its head is also known as the "cephalofoil" Since the eyes are positioned on the ends of the cephalofoil, hammerheads are able to see everything around them, including what is under them, and what is above them.

What is a sea glass beach?

What is a sea glass beach?

Sea glass begins as normal shards of broken glass that are then persistently tumbled and ground until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded.  How is Sea Glass Formed?  What are Sea Glasses Colors? Where do you find sea glass?

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.

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.

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