Amy shares results of her study

June 26, 2012 by dyertrust

What has been the most unexpected result of your study?

great white sharksThree weeks in, I now have over 9 hours of underwater footage of white sharks visiting Slashfin. Some no-sea days due to bad weather have given me the chance to start analysing my footage, which involves extracting stills from the video and cataloging the sharks by keywords. It is important to do this so I do not repeat shark observations by mistake, and I can add notes on parasite presence, sex, and wounding to the photos. I basically stare at hundreds of images of white sharks trying to decipher unique individual markings to use for identification. After a few hours, white and grey markings on sharks all start to look the same, but with sufficient tea breaks my mini-catalogue is taking shape.

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Thank you Tami

June 26, 2012 by dyertrust

The best compliment of our volunteer programme are those that return year
after year. Tami Kaschke from Nebraska, US has been visiting us since 2009.

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DICT involved in Great White Shark recovery

June 22, 2012 by dyertrust

dead great white sharkOn Wednesday 20 June 2012, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (www.dict.org.za) in Gansbaai was alerted to a stranded white shark on the shore of Dyer Island by commercial cage dive operator White Shark Projects. The first attempt at recovery late Thursday afternoon was halted by strong winds and large swells. The second attempt early Thursday 21 June was a success.

Alison Towner, DICT Marine biologist, explains, The shark was a large 3.5-4.0m male. To have a white shark wash on shore Dyer Island is a very rare event. We are unsure of the cause of death, as there are no apparent external injuries or markings. Excluding abrasions from the rugged shore, the shark's body was in immaculate condition, his fins and jaws intact. There are no research tags on this shark and we have not yet identified him in our database.

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Introducing our 2nd Leeds Uni masters candidate

June 20, 2012 by dyertrust

Lauren Duffield - University of Leeds

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Beginning of Southern right whale season

June 13, 2012 by dyertrust

southern right whaleWhale blog 30th of May 2012

The first southern right whales have been observed at Pearly Beach, which makes us all very excited!

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Introducing our first Leeds Uni masters candidate

June 12, 2012 by dyertrust

Ill have to go with the old clich and say, Ive loved sharks since I can remember. My parents are still trying to fathom where it started. I grew up in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; a city not particularly well known for producing marine biologists.

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Energy expo

June 11, 2012 by dyertrust

A group of top students from Masakhane Primary visited with their science teacher, courtesy of transport provided by Dyer Island Conservation Trust, which also sponsors the Gansbaai node of the WCC Eco-Schools the Energy Expo in Gansbaai. Read more in the link below.

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Trust hosts leading scientists

June 11, 2012 by dyertrust

 

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Past volunteer blog

June 05, 2012 by dyertrust

'My adventure volunteering in South Africa at the Great White Shark Conservation project was a fantastic experience. Being able to see these beautiful creatures up close was very exciting!'

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Beach clean up with Dibanisa

June 01, 2012 by dyertrust

 

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