Eavesdropping on endangered humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) in Kleinbaai, South Africa.

~ This is a joint blog post between SeaSearch and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust With less than 500 individuals estimated to be left in South Africa, team members from The SWORD Project (Signature Whistle Occurrence, Recapture and Density) of SeaSearch visited Kleinbaai to work with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) to test new acoustic equipment and record humpback dolphin [...]

Mini-Nemo Tagged

- Alison Towner, Marine Biologist, PhD Candidate The Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai is thrilled to announce the successful deployment of an acoustic transmitter onto one of Gansbaai’s most iconic white sharks. The newly re-named “not so Mini” Nemo arrived back in the area on 13 February 2021 and has been catalogued by the crew of Marine Dynamics for the [...]

Pilot Whale Stranding

~ Ralph Watson, Marine Biologist, Marine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust On the 28th of January, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) received a report of a whale stranding near Pearly Beach. Dickie Chivell and Ralph Watson were sent out to investigate and arriving on-site it became clear this was no ordinary stranding. The whale was a long-finned Pilot whale (Globicephala melas) , [...]


  Celebrate with us. There is a reason the March for the Penguins, held annually at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, occurs on the 21st December. This date just happens to be the birthday of Dyer Island Conservation Trust founder, Wilfred Chivell. In the new virtual world you can take part in the March for the Penguins on any day [...]

Beach clean-up. Benguela Current Convention and Dyer Island Conservation Trust band together

The Benguela Current Convention (BCC) under the flagship of the Department of Environment Fisheries and Forestry’s (DEFF) have partnered with Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) and the Overstrand Municipality hosted a beach clean-up on Romansbaai beach in the Gansbaai area on the 18th of December. A Clean Ocean My Responsibility The event hosted 80 students from the schools of Masakhane and [...]

March For The Penguins – Virtual And Global

The year 2020 has zoomed in and virtually changed our world. With due concern for the coronavirus pandemic, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary’s fourth annual 5km March for the Penguins will now be VIRTUAL. Be part of the movement - 21 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 How to join the March Register on our March for the Penguins, RaceOne [...]

Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals Head Home

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust team had a rather unusual, and noisy, guest these past few months. There are occasional strandings of sub-Antarctic fur seals and one was reported as coming ashore in Cape Agulhas. The seal was under weight and had a long gash on the shoulder. Xolani Lawo and Trudi Malan of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary responded [...]

Marine Month Event: Excursion and Exhibitions.

Worldwide Marine Month is celebrated every October and the theme for 2020 is: “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”. In South Africa we use this time to create awareness of our marine and coastal environment and the benefit that our oceans bring for the livelihood of our nation. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust [...]

Keep Marine Wildlife Safe From Nurdles

It is being reported that nurdles are washing up along the coastline so please keep a look out. Should you find any, please separate from other waste and place in a separate bag or container with details of where found and drop off at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust office at the Great White House, or at