Marine volunteer shark programme

May 23, 2011 by dyertrust

For shark-lovers, volunteering at our Eco-tourism partner,Marine Dynamicsis the perfect way of getting up close and personal withcarcharodon carcharias, more commonly known as the great white shark. Every trip on Slashfin is unique thanks to the abundance of great whites that come to the surface, while unknowingly putting on a show for tourists. Thanks to the knowledgeable team ofmarine biologistsemployed by Marine Dynamics and the experienced crew on the boat, each visit to Kleinbaai has taught me something new about great whites, as well as various other marine species, such as whales, dolphins, and the importance of conservation.

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DICT SUPPORTS ECO SCHOOLS CO-ORDINATOR

May 19, 2011 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust is proud to be supporting the extension of theOverstrand Conservation FoundationsEco-Schools programme into Gansbaai by donating toward the cost of the co-ordinator, Gina Boysen. Rob Fryer of OCF approached Wilfred Chivell of the Trust. Sharing a joint passion for the education of our local youth, he readily agreed to support. There are three schools involved Masakhane Primary School; Gansbaai Laerskool and Blompark Primary.

Gina is a retired school teacher and has actively supported the Trust since she moved to Gansbaai in 2009. Brenda Walters, Operations Manager for the Trust, readily suggested her to OCF for the role, knowing of her passion for education and the environment.

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NEW HOMES PROVIDED FOR PENGUINS AT NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

May 18, 2011 by dyertrust

The Trust has provided new homes for a colony of 24 African penguin temporarily transferred to the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria while their accommodation at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth is extensively renovated.

Having been transported by plane from the coast the penguins soon moved into their homes donated by the Trust. According to Tracey Shaw, caretaker of African Penguins: "One of our penguin couples, Kemptston and Vanilla, moved straight into one of the nests on the day of arrival, and have been protectively guarding it ever since." Within a few days the other penguins couples were taking a lot of interesting their new property.


SHARK PARASITOLOGIST VISITS GANSBAAI

May 18, 2011 by dyertrust

World-renowned shark parasitologist, Professor Susan Dippenaar of the University of Limpopo in Polokwane, spent two weeks withMarine Dynamicsand the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Kleinbaai. Hennie Otto (BSc Candidate-University of South Africa), skipper of Marine Dynamics boat, Slashfin, is studying the parasite species and their effects on the great white sharks in the area. All research work that the Trust does is aimed at better understanding our marine species so that they can be better managed therefore ensuring their conservation.

Through this study, Hennie aims to answer the following questions:


 

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS NEED OUR HELP

May 17, 2011 by dyertrust

New shark research programme launched in South AfricaPioneering research studying the behaviour of Great White Sharks has been launched by a conservation charity, theDyer Island Conservation Trust(www.dict.org.za) at Gansbaai - close to the very tip of Africa.

This world-class programme is being conducted amongst the world's densest population ofGreat White Sharksby our resident team ofmarine biologistsfrom the Trust's research boat Lwazi (Knowledge) .

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PROMISES FOR PENGUINS

May 16, 2011 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust is happy to support the initiative of Hayley McLellan, senior bird trainer at the Two Oceans Aquarium and Gabby Harris of Sea World. The Waddle for a Week kicks off on the 23rd May covering a distance of 122kms from Gansbaai to Simonstown ending at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The team will be staying at The Great White House on the evening of the 22nd. The Trust wishes them well in this venture created to raise awareness of the endangered African Penguin. Schools along the route have been notified and hopefully this will be a great opportunity for education.

Waddling for a Week
23rd to 28th May 2011
From Gansbaai to Boulders

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EXCITING NEW VOLUNTEER SCHEME LAUNCHED

May 15, 2011 by dyertrust

A once in a lifetime experience working with whales at the tip of AfricaEvery year from July-December the seas off Dyer Island become home to large numbers of Southern Right whales who have journeyed here from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and calve. Now, a newly introduced scheme offers a limited number of volunteers the rare opportunity to join us in boat-based whale watching and research.

With leaders in whale-watching and conservation,Dyer Island Cruisesthe Trust provides the chance to work with our team, includingmarine biologists, on the first purpose-built whale watching boat in South Africa,Whale Whisperer.

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ORCA WHALES NEAR DANGER POINT

May 14, 2011 by dyertrust

At 11:00AM 9 April 2011, the Whale Whisperer of Dyer Island Cruises (www.whalewatchsa.com) witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime sighting found by professional wildlife spotter and Dyer Island Cruises guide, Kira Matiwane. Two Orcas, one male (with the larger dorsal fin) and a sub-adult were milling about the kelp near Danger Point.

Dyer Island Conservation Trust marine biologist, and self-professed Orca fanatic,Michelle Wciselwas lucky to be on-board, It was an incredible experience! Kira and I were so excited we couldn't stop shouting every time they surfaced. It was incredible to be with the true apex predator of the ocean!

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RARE CAPE CORMORANT FOUND

May 13, 2011 by dyertrust

Wilfred Chivell, founder of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust received a call from Matie Nowens who had found an injuredCape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis)in Gansbaai harbour.

This was a very special find the bird was a true albino with white feathers, pink feet and beak and distinctive red eyes.

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MS OLIVA RUNS AGROUND ON NIGHTINGALE ISLAND

May 12, 2011 by dyertrust

MS Oliva ran aground on Nightingale Island on 16th March 2011 and is leaking oil

As perTristan da Cunha Conservation DepartmentDirector, Trevor Glass - Nightingale has the second largest sea bird population in the world, including the largest concentration of Great Shearwaters in the world - three million pairs in the island group. Nightingale holds more than 100,000 pairs of Northern Rockhopper Penguins, a species found only here and 20,000 pairs of albatrosses including the yellow nose albatross, and 2,000,000 pairs of Broadbill prions. "If we lose Nightingale, we'll lose 99 percent of the shearwater population."

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