MARINE BIG 5 CONSERVATION MARQUEE AT HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL

August 28, 2011 by dyertrust

Every year Hermanus celebrates the arrival of theOur biologist,The Dyer Island Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that Lauren Waller will formally graduate at the end of year graduation ceremony, on 16 December at 10h00. The Trust helped support Laurens studies and continues to support further studies on the African penguins of Dyer Island.

Text below courtesy of Prof. Les Underhill Lauren Waller is an Ecological Co-ordinator forThe Dyer Island Conservation Trust was very excited to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Splash Auction event held on the 28th May 2011 in celebration of their 2nd birthday.

SPLASH Magazine is the official glossy Art & Lifestyle Magazine of Hermanus and the surrounding areas with a distribution of 6000 copies free to the public.

The evenings event was held at theOn Monday 29th August, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team led by Wilfred Chivell attended to a beached deceased whale at Romans Bay, Gansbaai.

The whale was a female Southern right whale measuring 14 meters. Her uterus was prolapsed, after having given birth. This causes inflammation in the animal and is believed to be the cause of death. Measurements and samples such as skin and blubber were taken. No reported sightings of the calf.

At the same time, a deceased common dolphin was found lying nearbya female, measuring just over 2m. Cause of death uncertain.

The Trust works closely with the Mammal Research Institute and Oceans and Coasts and samples are sent to them for analysis.

(Thanks to Louw Hugo who called the Trust.)