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Shark Week 2022 ft Dickie Chivell, Alison Towner, and Michelle Jewell Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these [...]

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|

Deceased white shark necropsy, June 2022

Report by Alison Towner and Alina Pryazkhina. At 4pm on Monday 20th of June, a stranded white shark, Carcharodon carcharias was reported in from Die Dam area of the Overberg, GPS°34 46.101’ S, 19° 40.599’ E. The animal was a deceased subadult female. It was retrieved by the Marine Dynamics Academy (MDA) team and rolled into a trawl net, then transported [...]

Jun 30th, 2022|DICT|

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 [...]

Disney Conservation Fund

Thanks to a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) that allows us to deploy a specialised seabird ranger on Dyer Island, the African penguins and other seabirds on Dyer Island  now have an extra pair of eyes to watch over them. DCF grant recipients are selected based on their efforts to implement comprehensive community wildlife conservation programs, stabilise, and increase [...]

Mar 29th, 2022|DICT|

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 [...]

Mar 21st, 2022|APSS