Great White Shark legend returns

February 27, 2012 by dyertrust

Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust are excited to announce that legendary shark Slashfin has been spotted again, and better yet, tagged.

I couldnt believe it when I saw such a massive shark swimming past Lwazi, and that it was Slashfin was a huge bonus, said Marine Dynamics marine biologist and resident DICT scientist Oliver Jewell. I have always wanted to tag Slashfin and this was my big chance!"

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Stranded Rockhopper penguin rescued

February 06, 2012 by dyertrust

Rockhopper penguinThe Dyer Island Conservation Trust was alerted of a stranded penguin in Pearly Beach (27 Jan). This is unfortunately not an unusual call, but this time it was a very unusual penguin! Instead of being an African penguin from nearby Dyer Island, this was a Rockhopper penguin. It is unusual but not rare to see these penguins wash up on our beaches, and this particular individual was in the process of moulting.

Moulting occurs every year, and it is during this time that penguins lose their feathers and regrow them for the next year. It can make the penguins look a bit sickly, but in fact it is during this time that most penguins are at their most robust as they binge eat before their moulting period. This is because during their moult, they can not feed as they lack the protective waterproof feathers.

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