Research Blog- March 2016

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March 2016- Research blog Looking back on March it seems that although Minke may have spent a lot of time in the office working on project proposals the rest of the ORCA team has been busy! During March the ORCA team collected 398 egg cases, though 374 came from Nature’s Valley beach! So after 2 […]

Research has begun for 2016

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February research blog. Well February has seemed to just fly by and Minke Witteveen, the new researcher who joined the ORCA Foundation, has been busy settling in and getting ready for a jam-packed and exciting year ahead! We officially started a project collecting elasmobranch egg cases in collaboration with Lisa Schroeter from ELMO (ELasmobranch Monitoring […]

Farewell to Rachel Izzo!!

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We would like to say farewell to Rachel Izzo who has been with the ORCA Foundation for the past 4 weeks… She was one awesome person who always had a smile on her face and we wish you all the best for the future. This is what she had to say about the ORCA Foundation: […]

Stranded Penguin in Plettenberg Bay


Tiffany from ShowMe Plett notified us of a Stranded Penguin in Plettenberg Bay. The penguin was found on the shoreline near the Plett Park hotel and was taken to Tenikwa for rehabilitation. One the penguin is stabilized he will be transferred to SANCCOB in Cape St Francis. Thank you to the community and the ORCA […]

Volunteers visit Siyakula School


Our volunteers hosted a lesson about animal identification…We visit the Siyakula School every Thursday where we are able to interact and teach these amazing children…

Testimonies from our past volunteers!!

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Although we are always sad to say goodbye to our wonderful volunteers – we do encourage them to share with us their experiences and feelings about the programme. We think it is important to share those feelings with you so when you are deciding whether to become an ORCA Volunteer or not you can browse […]

Facts on Pansy shells

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When walking on the beach in Plettenberg Bay different kinds of shells from marine animals can be found like Cuttlefish bones, mussels, clams and the most attractive of all, the pansy shell (Echinodiscus bisperforatus). The pansy shell is an icon for Plettenberg Bay and is the symbol for the Bitou Municipality. Even though they are […]

Oil Spills have an impact on Marine Animals

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“What is an oil Spill?” An oil spill is a release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment due to human activities and is a form of pollution. Oil spills normally refer to the marine environment when oil is released from tankers, offshore platforms, drilling rigs and wells. “What effect do oil spills have?” […]

Can Whales and dolphins dive deep….

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When we (humans) go diving we need to take a tank of oxygen with us to stay underwater for a longer period of time. It’s not only the lack of oxygen that makes it hard to dive, it´s also the pressure that the water put on the body. For every 10 meters of water we […]