FIRST CALF SPOTTED IN WALKER BAY

July 23, 2010 by dyertrust

Evan Austin fromAfrican Wing Chartershas the enviable job of flying every day and witnessing some incredible sights off our coastline. This week he had the first Southern Right whale calf sighting.

We first spotted him/her on Wednesday 14 July and managed to get this picture. We have spotted it on all flights since the first sighting and the pair seem to be hanging around just south of the Klein River Lagoon mouth. The latest count seems to be just over 30 whales on all flights over Walker Bay spread mainly along the beach between the lagoon mouth and De Kelders.

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BAGS OF RUBBISH COLLECTED FROM DANGER POINT BEACH

July 23, 2010 by dyertrust

On Friday 23rd July, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust together with the 6th Grade class from Blompark Primary hoped to make a difference and headed off to Danger Point for a beach clean up.

Teams of four were formed and together with the assistance of the international volunteers from Marine Dynamics and teacher, Mr Dreyer, each group collected waste and filled in the data cards which are in turn submitted to the Ocean Conservancy. All data cards and plastic bags are provided for by the Plastics Federation of South Africa.

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LEOPARD SEAL SIGHTING

July 22, 2010 by dyertrust

Update 22 July 2010- "It has been a week now since the leopard seal was found at Die Dam. We have not seen it since and we have not had any phone calls reporting a sighting, but rumuor is that the local fishermen have seen it close to their boats. So hopefully it is feeding and gaining weight enabling it to make it back to Antartica." Katja Vinding Petersen

A call from Rob Lobb, an Honorary Fishing Inspector, on Thursday the 15th of June found marine biologist Katja Vinding Petersen (MSc) of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and Albert Scholtz from Dyer Island Cruises, face to face with a leopard seal. Leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) are found in the Antarctic and there have been so few sightings on the South African coastline that there was reason to be excited. The site was Die Dam, approx. 40kms from Gansbaai in the Western Cape.

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PROPOSED NUCLEAR POWER STATION TO CREATE PERMANENT CHANGES IN MARINE ENVIRONMENT

July 22, 2010 by dyertrust

Eskom has identified three sites along the South African coastline as potential plots for a Nuclear Power Station (NPS). Although not the first preferred site, Bantamsklip, just over 20kms from Gansbaai and 10kms from Dyer Island, is one of them.

The proposed site for Bantamsklip is situated within a habitat that is unique not only to this continent but to the whole world's ecosystems. The cold Benguela system on the Atlantic side meets the warm Agulhas Indian Ocean. There is no other area in the world where two such differing bodies of water mix as close to a coastline as here along Cape Agulhas. This marine environment is hosting unique species such as the Great White shark; the endangered African Penguin, abalone, various dolphin species (including the rare Humpback dolphin) an incredible array of seabirds and the Cape Fur seal. The Southern Right whale is also depending on this coastline every year from July to December when they come to mate and calve.

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DICT PLACES NESTS ON ICHABOE ISLAND IN NAMIBIA

July 21, 2010 by dyertrust

Ichaboe (pronounced Itcha-boo) Island lies off the coast of Namibia, 50kms north from Luderitz, the closest inhabited town.

Lawrence Green is his book At Daybreak over the Isles published in 1950, said of Ichaboe I had never dreamt of bird life in such profusion until I saw Ichaboe. This is one of the unknown wonders of the world.

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THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE

July 20, 2010 by dyertrust

Dyan deNapoli, fondly known asThe Penguin Lady assisted in the largest oil spill in South Africa in 2000, that of the Treasure.

This month sees the 10th anniversary of this oil spill quite profound considering the current BP oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 38,000 penguins were affected, either directly or moved out of harms way. After 12,500 volunteers labored for 556,000 grueling hours, 95% of the penguins were returned to the wild. At the time of the spill, Wilfred Chivell, founder of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, arranged a donation of 30 tons of fresh fish.

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RIP ADIN STAMELMAN

July 19, 2010 by dyertrust

Adin Stamelman (25 November 1976 - 7 June 2010)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Adin Stamelman.

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