DICT

Green Turtle Dissection

In July 2020, a deceased green turtle (Chelonia mydas) washed up in the Gansbaai area, near the Die Gruis. CEO of Marine Dynamics, Wilfred Chivell, together with Hennie Otto collected the animal. A team from the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation together with biologists from Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust dissected it in order to determine the cause [...]

Endangered African penguin under surveillance

A conservation partnership between Hikvision and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) is bringing the African penguins to the people. In the first phase of the project new HikVison surveillance cameras will be installed at the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, a project of the DICT. This will allow the public to view the feeding and rehabilitation process as well as [...]

Project STORM Net Development

“There is nothing better than receiving a call from someone that wants to help further the conservation efforts of our work,” says Brenda Walters of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT). That call came in the form of Mike Campbell from Industrial Netting in Sandton. Having seen the storm drain catchment net project started in June 2019 in Gansbaai, Mike saw [...]

DEEP NEW INTAKE

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust launched a three-year environmental education programme in 2016, known as DEEP. Every year we select 13 learners and in the first year, our first intake was already participating in an eco-school project. Now every year we select a new group to begin the programme and the learners are required to write a motivational letter stating why [...]

Dead Copper (Bronze Whaler) shark due to Orca predation

A three meter long Copper shark (also known as the bronze whaler shark) was retrieved from Grotto Beach in Hermanus on the morning of 5 Feb 2020, by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust/Marine Dynamics research team. The female shark was torn open at the torso with its liver and heart completely removed. The previous day, two killer whales known as Port and Starboard [...]

World Wetlands Day 2020 – DEEP goes Estuary Monitoring

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) together with our conservation partner Marine Dynamics and the volunteers from Marine Dynamics Academy, visited the Uilenkraalsmond Estuary to do estuary monitoring and birding. The team was joined by Gansbaai Academia’s marine sciences teacher Lizelle Carolus and her learners, and DEEP Club students. The monitoring was led [...]

DEEP Roughing It Out 2.0

At the end of last year, we brought you a story of our four Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environment Education Programme (DEEP) Alumni students that were selected to join the children’s reality series Roughing it Out (SABC 2). They are back and the verdict is in, they had beyond a wild time! The participants were taken out of their comfort zone [...]

2019 March for the Penguins

Over 200 people walked, waddled or ran in the annual March for the Penguins held at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai. The 5km fun walk arranged by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust has become a highlight on the calendar for locals and visitors to Gansbaai. The event creates awareness about the endangered status of the African penguin [...]

DEEP Roughing It Out

Four of our Dyer Island Conservation Trust Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) alumni students were selected to join the children’s reality series Roughing It Out (SABC 2). In the series, contestants are removed from the comfort of urban living and immersed into nature.  A series of adrenalin-fuelled eco-challenges test their mental and physical skills. Dyer Island Conservation Trust educator Pinkey Ngewu, took [...]