Edible, exploited, endemic alikreukel

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Edible, exploited, endemic alikreukel The South African marine resources have been exploited for subsistence purposes for thousands of years, but recently with rapid population growth, and a high concentration of people moving into coastal areas, the exploitation has intensified. Many subsistence fisheries are focused on intertidal and estuarine invertebrates, with the alikreukel Turbo sarmaticus being […]

Endangered Species Day

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Endangered Species Day International Endangered Species Day is celebrated every third Friday in May, and this year it fell on 19th May. Endangered Species Day is a chance for us to recognize and appreciate the conservation efforts being put in by a number of organisations, men, and women around the world working to protect our […]

August research Blog!!

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August research blog We have exciting news on the elasmobranch egg case project! After 7 months of surveying beaches we have finally collected a different egg case! Generally, we will collect egg cases from 6 different species: Dark Shyshark, Leopard Catshark, Puffadder Shyshark, Pyjama Shyshark, St Josephs Shark, and the Twineyed Skate. Finally, we can […]

Black Marlin

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BLACK MARLIN A few weeks ago a Black Marlin Istiompax indica washed up on Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay measuring 3.8 m. Unfortunately, I was not in town to see it but I was inspired to do some research into the species. Black Marlins are found in tropical and subtropical Indian and Pacific Ocean, preferring […]

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 […]

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 […]

ADVENTUROUS VOLUNTEER SPECIAL OFFER!!

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¬†WINTER SPECIAL- MAY , JUNE AND JULY Have you ever wanted to spend a holiday making a change in the world? Would you like to spend four weeks in sunny South Africa volunteering on a marine conservation and education project? Do you love the outdoors? Do you want a life-changing experience? How about visiting one […]