August 29, 2011 by dyertrust

On Monday 29th August, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team led by Wilfred Chivell attended to a beached deceased whale at Romans Bay, Gansbaai.

The whale was a female Southern right whale measuring 14 meters. Her uterus was prolapsed, after having given birth. This causes inflammation in the animal and is believed to be the cause of death. Measurements and samples such as skin and blubber were taken. No reported sightings of the calf.

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August 28, 2011 by dyertrust

Every year Hermanus celebrates the arrival of theSouthern right whales, that come to our waters to mate and calve, by having a large whale festival. This is a great opportunity to watch the whales from land and by boat. Already onDyer Island Cruisesboat Whale Whisperer we are seeing large mating groups off Pearly Beach.

Festival organizers sponsor aMarine Big 5 Conservation Marqueefor the Trust. We will be hosting a series of talks and childrens activities.

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August 27, 2011 by dyertrust

Every year close to 100 million sharks lose their lives. Mostly killed for their fins alone which are seen as a delicacy in China and southeast Asia.

Richard Pierce of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust in the UK together with Steve Bowes and Simon Spear is working on a documentary entitled The Fin Trail which highlights this trade from beginning to end around the world.

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August 26, 2011 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust was very excited to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Splash Auction event held on the 28th May 2011 in celebration of their 2nd birthday.

SPLASH Magazine is the official glossy Art & Lifestyle Magazine of Hermanus and the surrounding areas with a distribution of 6000 copies free to the public.

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Filming with Discovery - Air Jaws

August 25, 2011 by dyertrust

Senior marine biologist,Alison TownerofThe Dyer Island Conservation Trustin Gansbaai recently teamed up with Shark experts and naturalists Chris and Monique Fallows ofApex Shark Expeditions.

Together with Discovery channels Jeff Kurr who has directed and produced each one of Shark Weeks top rated Air Jaws documentaries with Chris Fallows co hosting, since back in the early 1990s, their mission was to film Great white sharks at Seal Island, in False Bay (near Cape Town).
What a privilege it was to be invited along on this project, says Towner. From a scientific perspective, the experience I had in False Bay was really valuable for me. I have studied white shark behaviour atDyer Islandover the past five years, but seeing them in a different environment and recognizing sharks I know from fin identification was fascinating. Advances in filming technology can really benefit white shark research, as it allows us to capture such fine detail on the sharks and how they behave.
Ultimately, the more we understand thesharksand their behaviour, the better we can monitor them. This is crucial in South Africa where the numbers of water users increase every year. There are less than 5000, possibly as few as 3,500 great white sharks on the planet today.
The documentary is to be aired next year as the opening show for the USAs Shark Week.

In the meantime, you can watch the Great White Invasion - which airs on the Discovery channel on 31st of July. The show focuses on the theories behind why white sharks use inshore environments and filming was done on board the Trusts research boat,Lwazi, in the shallows of Gansbaai.
Also catch the USAs TODAY show on the 29th of July, where the presenter, Peter Alexander and Jeff Kurr go cage diving withMarine Dynamics Shark Toursand talk about both upcoming documentaries, and discuss perceptions of the public towards sharks.

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August 24, 2011 by dyertrust

Anyone who has visited Dyer Island Cruises orMarine Dynamicshas been regaled with tales of penguins and sharks by our story teller and passionate fundraiser Claudine.

And so in appreciation of all that Claudine does around here to raise money for the projects, a recently tagged great white shark has been named after her - a 3.3m female.

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August 23, 2011 by dyertrust

Our biologist,Katja Vinding Petersen, is busy with preparations for her whale and dolphin study in the Gansbaai area. Katja is carrying out her PhD through the University of Pretoria with the help of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Katja is from Denmark and a recent article by journalist Lene Johansen in the Politken, the Danish national newspaper highlights her history and work.Click hereandhereto read the article in Danish.

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Lauren Waller will graduate with a PhD on 16 December

August 22, 2011 by dyertrust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that Lauren Waller will formally graduate at the end of year graduation ceremony, on 16 December at 10h00. The Trust helped support Laurens studies and continues to support further studies on the African penguins of Dyer Island.

Text below courtesy of Prof. Les Underhill

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Spoilt for choice!

August 14, 2011 by dyertrust

I think the sharks must have started reading ourMarine Dynamicsnewsletters. In July we left off hoping that our sightings would improve and that we would see at least one more spell of activity at Dyer Island again before winter season draws to an end. After a very dry sharky phase at the Island in July, just as we hoped, a new set of fins appeared there this month! The nice thing is, the sharks seem to have divided themselves between the inshore reefs of Joubertsdam and the island leaving us seriously spoilt for choice on where to anchor!

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