June 07, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust

World Ocean’s Day is a great time for us to highlight the importance and raise awareness of our ocean systems. To celebrate this day the 2019 intake of Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme (DEEP) joined one of our Biologists for the morning to learn about some of the smaller, less talked about but just as important species of elasmobranchs that we find in the area. The DEEP kids learnt that some sharks and rays give birth to live young, whilst approximately 30% of species actually lay eggs (oviparious), and that once the pup has hatched these eggs may wash ashore. We had a fun morning learning about the oviparious species that can be found in the waters surrounding Gansbaai, and after an exciting shark egg hunt we learnt how to identify which egg belongs to which species.