Whale Shark stranding

December 27, 2012 by dyertrust

whale shark pearly beach
On Thursday, 14th December 2012,
the DICT was notified of a Whale Shark which has stranded in Pearly Beach.

DICT Biologists and Volunteers rushed out to the site to assess the situation. We are always optimistic about strandings, hoping that we can manage to help the animal back into the ocean. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we found a dead 8.5m Whale Shark, estimated at 2 tons, stranded on the high tide mark on Castle Beach.

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MSc Zoology Graduation for Alison Towner

December 27, 2012 by dyertrust

alison towner graduationThe 17th of December 2012 was a very special day for Alison Towner, Senior Biologist for the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. She graduated in MSc Zoology from the University of Cape Town, this 2 year project was a research based masters with the department of Zoology and the Animal Demography Department.

Achieving your MSc Zoology is no easy feat especially if your project revolves around the infamous Great White Shark. Her thesis looked at boat based sightings data of Great White Sharks in Gansbaai with environmental influences. Over 6000 sightings were consistently collated and statistically modeled between 2007-2011, which amounted to a solid data set for analysis. The results found white shark sexual composition in the bay is strongly influenced by ENSO (climatic phase) and water temperature.

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DICT Treks along with Trekking for Trash Team

December 06, 2012 by dyertrust

trekking for trashCleaning up the whole South African coastline is a mean feat when you are driving from area to area but doing this whilst walking the whole way?

This is exactly what Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard, from Can Do! Trekking for Trash, want to achieve in a mere 7 months.

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Cape Wagtails born at sea..

December 05, 2012 by dyertrust

wagtails shashfinThe question has come up quite a few times if you are born on a boat, what does your birth certificate say?

Well, in the case of a Cape Wagtail chick, hatched on Slashfin, a shark cage diving vessel operating from Gansbaai it will say born at sea

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How to Track a Great White Shark - the DICT's first mini-documentary

December 03, 2012 by dyertrust

Join the Dyer Island Conservation Trusts marine biologists as they explain the step by step process of manually tagging and tracking great white sharks. This video offers a unique insight into how great white shark tracking is performed in Gansbaai, while explaining its importance to the animals conservation. DICT marine biologist, Oliver Jewell, explains, White sharks are a threatened species we know very little about. This lack of knowledge is often filled by popular media articles often based on sensationalism that offer very little in educational content. By conducting our research and sharing our knowledge freely with the community, we hope to show people the truth about these animals, and in the case of tracking - where they go and why.

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