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New findings add to an understanding of how Great Whites use their ‘flight’ instincts to avoid predators for the long-term and en mass

A pair of Orca (Killer Whales) that have been terrorizing and killing Great White Sharks off the coast of South Africa since 2017 has managed to drive large numbers of the sharks from their natural aggregation site. A new study, published today in the peer-reviewed African Journal of Marine Science, uses long-term sightings and tagging data to show that the Great [...]

Jun 30th, 2022|DICT, Uncategorized|

World Oceans Day 2022 – Time to Act to Save the Oceans

Every year on June 8th, World Ocean Day is commemorated to raise awareness of the ocean’s vital role in human life and ways to conserve it across the world. Everyone has a responsibility to participate and contribute significantly to the protection and conservation of the ocean. The goal of the Day is to raise public awareness about the impact of human [...]

World Environment Day 2022

The first global environmental summit held in Stockholm in 1972 led to the establishment of World Environment Day. The inaugural event, which celebrates the planet and promotes sustainable development, was first held on 5 June 1973. Fifty years on, the planet faces the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and environmental pollution. This year's theme, Only One Earth, not only [...]

Endangered Species Day 2022

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the dangers that threaten the survival of many animals around the world. Therefore, it is a fantastic time to explore and investigate endangered animals of the Greater Dyer Island ecosystem with our DEEP students. This is what the students had to say about endangered animals: “When a species is defined as [...]

March For The Penguins 2022

It was African penguin love all round at the March for the Penguins fun walk. The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS), a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, was invited by Lomond Wine Estate to host their annual 5km fun walk at the venue. CEO of the Trust, Wilfred Chivell, says “We are grateful to the team at Lomond [...]

World Wildlife Day 2022

World Wildlife Day is celebrated in 2022 under the theme "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration", as a way to draw attention to the conservation status of some of the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and to drive discussions towards their conservation. World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of [...]

Geology “Rocks” – Geotrail in Gansbaai

A newly developed Geotrail based at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai, is a learning adventure which takes the observer from the very beginning of our planet, right up to the present day. It is a wondrous 4.6-billion-year tale of fact, woven around the geology, the rocks of our home, the evolution of life, mass extinctions, and the [...]