The Marine Eco-System. Part One

Marine eco-systems are becoming increasingly unstable. Despite the importance of the biological diversity in the world’s oceans, and the well balanced community of species, with the over fishing, illegal fishing and poaching of the oceans resources as well as climate changes and the steady destruction of marine habitats, the Marine eco-systems are becoming increasingly unstable. Every eco-system plays a vital role; one of the most important functions of the marine eco-systems is the production of biomass from sunlight and nutrients, which represents the basic food course for all marine life, and so ultimately human also. Around half of the worlds’ [...]

By |2018-11-30T12:55:17+00:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Comments Off on The Marine Eco-System. Part One

Digestion of a great white shark

Can you guess what it is that sharks turn inside out? Seeing sharks close by gives me butterflies in my stomach (wait… that’s love?), okay then they make my stomach growl (nope, that’s when I’m hungry)… Oh, I got it! Sharks turn my stomach inside out. No! They turn their own stomachs inside out… They can’t actually vomit instead they do something similar to vomiting: gastric eversion. This is where the stomach relaxes and oesophagus contracts to “clean” any indigestible food like licence plates, parasites or bones from the stomach lining. Let’s take a look at how a shark digests [...]

By |2018-11-30T13:19:47+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Digestion of a great white shark

The Orca VS The Great White Shark

Let’s Talk About It, The Orca With all the “boo-ha-ha” in Gansbaai, regarding the appearance of 4 Orcas in the bay, which seemed to coincide with the disappearance of the Great White Shark population from the famous Shark Alley, I thought I would take a deeper look into this phenomenon, of course only once the sharks had returned.   There seems to be differing beliefs here, some on the side of the Orca, saying they are not responsible for the disappearance of the Great Whites, as they are not a threat and others who believe they are a threat and [...]

By |2018-12-03T09:06:00+00:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Orca VS The Great White Shark

The Sandbar Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Sandbar Shark The Sandbar Shark is found in temperate and tropical waters, from the Western Atlantic, between Massachusetts and southern Brazil; in the eastern Atlantic from Portugal to Zaire; and in the Indo-Pacific from South Africa, our very own False Bay and KZN to the Galapagos and from Vietnam to New Caledonia. Also occurring in the Red Sea and Mediterranean, this shark is gorgeous. Not taking anything away from the others, but this little guy is just a stocky, solid shark, makes me think of a Staffie. The Sandbar shark has cat-like eyes and a lovely smile. [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:05:35+00:00March 8th, 2017|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Sandbar Shark

The Spotted Ragged Tooth

Let’s Talk About It…The Spotted Ragged Tooth Spotted Ragged Tooth Shark, the name alone creates a vision of some scary teeth, while Grey Nurse Shark, seems to send thoughts completely in the opposite direction, and Sand Tiger Shark, is kind of just in the middle there, and yet, all of these names belong to one shark! One shark that is found from Australia to the US and False Bay to Durban! The Spotted Ragged Tooth enjoys the temperate to tropical coastal waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. In South Africa, they really love the Eastern and Southern coasts. [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:16:08+00:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Spotted Ragged Tooth

Puffadder Shyshark AKA Cat Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Puffadder Shyshark - aka - Cat Shark Found in False Bay, amongst other areas in the Western Cape through to Angola, this shark is a species of catshark! What? Catshark, really? Yes, really and not because it looks like this! It is also known as a “Happy Eddie” but that is easier to explain, as its scientific name is Haploblepharus Edwardsii, you can see how that came to pass right? A Shark growing to a maximum of 60cm...cute. A small shark, growing to a maximum of 60cm in length (24 inches), it can be found at depth [...]

By |2018-12-03T10:54:14+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Puffadder Shyshark AKA Cat Shark

Shortfin Mako Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Shortfin Mako Shark Another amazing shark to be found in the waters +- 25 miles off from False Bay amongst other temperate waters is the Shortfin Mako. Not to be confused with its cousin, the Longfin Mako; which grows to an average of 4.5 meters, the Shortfin Mako grows to a maximum of 2.5 meters weighing in at approximately 100 kilograms. Mako Sharks can reach and exceed 60 miles per hour. As is the fact of the Longfin Mako, the Shortfin Mako is also exceptionally fast, the cheetah of the ocean if you will, reaching and surpassing [...]

By |2018-12-03T11:03:58+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Shortfin Mako Shark

Bronze Whaler Shark

Let’s Talk About It…Bronze Whaler Shark Proudly found in the waters of False Bay, South Africa amongst other regions, where the waters are above 12 degrees Celsius, the Bronze Whaler Shark is also known by Copper Shark, or Narrowtooth Shark. Why the “Bronze Whaler” perhaps it’s because it has a bronze ridge between its dorsal fins, ‘cos other than that, it really doesn’t have much in the way of distinguishing marks. Why “Narrowtooth”, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they have narrow, hook shaped teeth. “Copper Shark”, because out of the water, it has a sandy [...]

By |2018-12-03T12:50:03+00:00October 27th, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Bronze Whaler Shark

The Hound Shark

Let’s Talk About It… The Hound Shark Found in False Bay waters through to Angola and the temperate waters of the East Atlantic, this shark doesn’t look anything like any hounds I know…they do not try to disguise themselves either, with their greyish – brown colouring, they can be found swimming at varying depths of between 16.5 and 1140 feet! (5 to 347 meters) Enjoying the ocean bed, they can sometimes be found at mid-water level too, so not surface feeders as we have with the Great White Shark. At a maximum of 3.6 feet (1.10 meters) in the males [...]

By |2018-12-03T12:57:55+00:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on The Hound Shark

Facts about Cape Fur Seals

Seal Blog: Team Seal Here are some Cape Fur Seal Facts I bet you didn’t know about! Here in the Southern Peninsula, our resident seals are the Cape Fur Seals. We do find other seal Sub-species along our coastline, such as the Leopard Seal, Elephant Sea and Sub-Antarctic Seal, however the Cape Furs are the only ones know to breed down here. Interestingly enough the Cape Fur Seal and the Australian Fur Seal are almost identical, their only differences being the geographical ranges. The Cape Fur is an eared Seal, unlike other seal species. On our trips out to Seal [...]

By |2018-11-23T07:52:29+00:00July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Marine Life|Tags: |Comments Off on Facts about Cape Fur Seals