August research Blog!!
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 […]
Blacktail – abundant, ubiquitous, and hermaphroditic!
Blacktail – abundant, ubiquitous, and hermaphroditic! Anglers and visitors to the underwater world in our beautiful Plettenberg Bay may be familiar with a fish called blacktail Diplodus capensis, though perhaps the name dassie or Cape white seabream is more familiar. This is an oval-shaped fish which is primarily silver in colour with a black patch […]
June Research Blog!
June research blog Winter is well underway and the ORCA team is feeling the chill – even our beach surveys for elasmobranch egg cases are now accompanied by a jersey each! With the project 5 months in we have collected 2176 egg cases of 6 different species, with Puffadder Shysharks by far the most common […]
Great White Sharks in Plettenberg Bay!!!
There are roughly 100 shark species in southern Africa, and while most of them are very rarely seen and are harmless, Great White Sharks Carcharodon carcharias are of the more infamous of these species particularly due to its perceived aggressive nature. This shark species is one you will recognize on sight. It has a blue-grey […]
Our First Sterreweg Intern Testimony !!!
OUR FIRST STERREWEG INTERN TESTIMONY Joyce Roels “Firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone at the Orca house. Without all those people it wouldn’t have been the same. My internship in South Africa was definitely the best experience in my life so far. All the nice people, the spirit and the hospitality […]
ORCA Foundation April Research blog…..
April research blog They (you know those all-knowing, ever wise ‘they’) say you should never have favourites with regards to children, but Minke, while not having human children, has a few research projects that she has brought to life. From the inception of an idea, through a sometimes difficult birthing process with copious research, proposal […]