World Penguin Day 2023

Not that we need a themed day as a reason to celebrate penguins, frankly every day can be, or should be a penguin day. World Penguin Day encourages people to appreciate these incredible flightless birds, take note of the plights they face every day, and learn about how important they are to the ecosystems. For World Penguin Day 2023, the African [...]

Patty pays her penguins a visit.

Marine Dynamics was honoured to have two special visitors during the Easter weekend, Dr Patty McGill and her husband Dr Lynn Kramer. Dr McGill is passionate about saving the African Penguins from extinction in the wild. Throughout her career, she has worked with penguins at several different zoos across the United States and conducted research internationally. Her work with the National [...]

Who you gonna call? Turtle Rescue Team!

A massive thank you to Tracy and Talitha from the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation for giving a very educational turtle stranding workshop on the 6th of March, at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust . The workshop was attended by members of Marine Dynamics, the Grootbos Foundation and CapeNature. Turtles don't naturally belong on our beaches. If you find them there, it [...]

We’re going home!

On Friday 24 March, clients on the Marine Dynamics boat, Dreamcatcher, were delighted to find out that 4 extra VIP guests were onboard. Four African Penguins that were rescued, treated and rehabilitated at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Kleinbaai, was ready to go back home – to the oceans surrounding Dyer Island. “Because two adult penguins are released with [...]

Wish upon a star..

If you ever get lost at sea or in the desert, the two men you would want in your survival team – are stargazers extraordinaire Johan le Roux and Willie Koorts. Johan is the convener of the Orion Observation Group and a well-known astrophotographer, radio amateur and satellite communication expert. Willie worked as an Electronics Technician at the South Arican Astronomical [...]

National Water Week and World Water Day 2023

Water covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface area and is essential to our survival. Each year in March we celebrate National Water Week to draw attention to the importance of water resources and our collective responsibility towards water conservation initiatives. This year, World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. The National Water [...]

Second Necropsy update on sharks killed by Orcas in Pearly beach

On Friday 24th of February, the second batch of dead sharks (post Orca predation) were necropsied at the Marine Dyanmics Academy lodge, lead by PhD candidates Alison Towner and Ralph Watson. This brought the total number of sharks from the Sunday Pearly Beach interaction to 18 sharks, seventeen of which were Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) and one a small spotted Gully [...]

Seventeen sharks killed by Orcas at Pearly Beach, near Gansbaai.

On Sunday 21st of February, the infamous pair of male orcas Port and Starboard, who are known to prey on several species of sharks in south Africa, were tracked by a team of scientists on board Marine Dynamics vessel. “We observed the two orcas repeatedly diving down in a small area, for almost two hours before they departed offshore” said Ralph [...]

World Wetlands Day 2023

Wetlands are land regions that are continuously or seasonally saturated with water, and they include ecosystems such as estuaries, marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2nd. It also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.  The purpose of the day is to raise [...]

Another 13 young African Penguins, home for the New Year!

On Saturday 31 December, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary returned another 13 African penguins to their home on Dyer Island. A total of 215 chicks were removed since the beginning of November and hand-raised at the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS), a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. The removal of compromised and orphaned chicks is one of [...]