August 28, 2009 by dyertrust

On 11 December 2008, after being hand reared at SANCCOB's seabird rehabilitation centre in Cape Town, a group of juvenile African penguins were released back into their home colony on Dyer Island after three months of intensive hand rearing and care.

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August 27, 2009 by dyertrust

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday the 5th December 2008, Wilfred ChivellI got a call from Stanley Carpenter, owner ofThe Whale Song Lodgein De Kelders, about an entangled whale. He rushed to the scene, and saw the whale swimming down towards Hermanus, but could only get a boat crew together at 12:30. The crew, consisting of Wilfred, Albert Scholtz, Hennie Otto and Ian Wessels, left Gansbaai Harbour aboard Calypso (8.5 m inflatable raft) after notifying the authorities. They encountered the whale after about half an hour at sea. It was entangled in one 12 mm ski rope with a buoy behind it. It was clear that this was a normal crayfish net probably used by holiday makers. They caught the rope, went right up to the whale and cut it loose. This was a successful disentanglement and special thanks go to to the crew, Albert, Hennie and Ian, for accompanying Wilfred and for lending a helping hand. A big thank you to all the other people that phoned and were concerned, especially Stanley Carpenter, who kept a watchful eye on the whale before we arrived on the scene, and for helping us locate the whale on our arrival.


August 26, 2009 by dyertrust

The Southern Right Whales are plentiful and very active in the Dyer Island area. We are in peak whale season now, after sightings began in June, and we will continue to see these whales probably right into December. There are many mating groups of males and females putting on some excellent surface viewings. The Southern Right Whales use the South African coastline for either mating or calving, depending on their "status". We have also started sighting many mothers and calves in the bay, which is excellent as these whales are still increasing after their severe decline experienced from whaling. These whales were known as the "right whales" to hunt. They are currently classified as endangered so it is always promising to see the new calves being watched closely by the large mothers. Keep a look out on the sea for beautiful black tails, and also breaching whales!


August 24, 2009 by dyertrust

Wilfred Chivell of DICT attended the launch of Sacred Ocean, a new global anti-whaling campaign by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, on Thursday 27 November 2008. Archbishop Desmond Tutu unveiled the iconic 3.4 metre high sculpture named Sacred Ocean, consisting of five aged whale bones supporting a humpback whale mother and calf, by renowned cetacean artist and conservationist Noel Ashton. A touch-screen was also installed where visitors can register their opinions on whaling and send a "virtual postcard" of themselves and the sculpture to three friends, urging them to vote and voice their opinions of whaling. Archbishop Tutu cast the first vote to launch the campaign. Please click on the logo belowto become part of this global campaign.

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