STRANDED WHALE SHARK

December 23, 2010 by dyertrust

Once again, our team was called into action on the 23rdDecember 2010, to attend a stranding this time for a particularly unique animal. Was it a whale? Was it a shark? Both!

A 6.0-6.5 meter maleWhale sharkwashed ashore nearPearly Beach. Whale sharks do not normally occur in these waters because they prefer warm tropical waters such as Mozambique and Madagascar, not the frigid waters ofGansbaai!

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BRONZIE COMPETITION HELPS WITH VALUABLE RESEARCH

December 11, 2010 by dyertrust

Saturday 11th December 2010 marked the first annual Bronzie Competition, with theTwo Oceans Angling Clubholding a day long catch and release event in False Bay. Determined anglers battled a strong South Easterly to catch themselves a Bronze Whaler Shark.

Bronze Whalersor Bronzies as they are known locally are a species of requiem shark found worldwide at temperate latitudes. They can grow up to 3 metres in length. Like most species of shark their behaviour and movements are little understood. As a way of improving our knowledge of these beautiful fish theSouth African Shark Conservancy (SASC), with assistance fromSave Our Seas SharkCentre, set about collecting valuable data about the Bronze Whaler population, using the sharks caught during the angling competition. By measuring the size of individuals, recording the sex, taking fin clips which provides genetic information, and tagging each shark caught during the competition, stock assessments can be made and population dynamics analysed.

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JUDY & BRUCE MANN VISIT GANSBAAI

December 10, 2010 by dyertrust

Marine Dynamicsand Dyer Island Conservation Trust were pleased to have Judy and Bruce Mann visit on the 11th December. Judy is the Director of Sea World and Bruce, senior scientist at the Oceanographic Research Institute (South African Association for Marine Biological Research)

It was a perfect day for shark cage diving with great visibility and no less than twelve sharks.

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BIRDLIFE OVERBERG RAISES R30000 FOR THE AFRICAN PENGUIN

December 09, 2010 by dyertrust

The past year has seen Anton Odendaal ofBirdlife Overbergon a mission for the African penguin. A golf day held in June at which a real live penguin was in attendance kicked off the fundraising. Through this and the raffle of Angela Keys penguin painting, R30 000 was raised for the benefit of conservation of our now endangered African penguin.

The money was divided between:


Wilfred Chivell attended Birdlife Overbergs year end function where Anton handed over a cheque for R10 000. This donation will contribute towards efforts involved in research and rescue of our penguins.

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MORE THAN 150 AFRICAN PENGUIN CHICKS RESCUED FROM DYER ISLAND

December 08, 2010 by dyertrust

An emergency operation to rescue 156 African Penguin chicks from Dyer Island, South Africa, has been successfully co-coordinated byCapeNaturewith the support of theDyer Island Conservation Trustand theSouth African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds(SANCCOB).

The chicks faced starvation as they had been born late in the breeding season. Now their parents have begun to moult and are therefore to go to sea to fish preventing them from feeding their young which are often abandoned to die.

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FISHING LINE BIN PLACED AT PEARLY BEACH

December 07, 2010 by dyertrust

Another fishing line bin has been placed in the Pearly Beach area at Jan-se- Klip. Elrina Versfeld of the Pearly Beach Conservancy (PBC) approachedus after they saw the successful implementation of the bins around Gansbaai.

Benjamin Kondokter of the Overstrand Municipality Gansbaai Administration together with Brenda Walters of DICT met Gerald Henrici, treasurer of PBC, and together they placed the bin in a strategic spot. Benjamin took GPS position readings. The municipality is responsible for the emptying of the bins and Benjamin is weighing the contents on a monthly basis, to measure the impact.

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