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Orcas hunting in False Bay

Observing unusual hunting behaviour by a pod of orcas in Cape Town’s False Bay.

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The new species of shrimp named after UCT alumnus and computer scientist Guido Zsilavecz who discovered it, and described by Emeritus Professor Charles Griffith in a co-authored paper with Prof Karl Wittmann of the University of Vienna. © Guido Zsilavecz

New shrimp species discovered in False Bay

A tiny shrimp with banded, stalked eyes, and gaudy red ‘warning’ colouring, is the latest of several new marine species to be found by UCT researchers in the extensively sampled waters of False Bay.

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Wild riders at the iSimangaliso four Day mountain bike challenge

Get off the beaten track on your mountain bike and experience the treasures of South Africa first world heritage site at the iSimangaliso MTB 4 Day

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Young scientist brings the ocean ashore in False Bay

We have the privilege of seeing the deep blue wilderness through the eyes of scientist Lauren De Vos. It’s hard to believe that Lauren grew up so far from the ocean, in the city of Johannesburg, one would sooner have believed that she was brought up with mermaids and seals.

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sharks in false bay. sevengill, marine research, ocean conservation

Falling for False Bay

Getting to know your study subject is a touchy subject in science… The very word ‘anthropomorphising’ will send shudders of horror down the spine of many an objective, pipette-toting lover of all that is rational and measurable. Staying immune, however,

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False Bay, Roman

Sharing the Wonder of the Sea

I can’t quite remember exactly when it was that I came to fall in love with our oceans. Rather than experiencing a lightning-bolt flash of recognition, a moment where I thought, ‘This is where I want to be. This is

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Mixed shoal, Laren De Vos, Africa Geographic Blog

A Sunburnt Scientist

Lauren De Vos abandoned the land-locked Highveld to pursue a career exploring South Africa’s seas. It’s proving to be quite a journey. She shares its surfaces and depths. It’s quite a distance from the dusty Highveld of my childhood to

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Orcas hunting common dolphins in Gansbaai, South Africa

The best thing about working on the ocean is never knowing what you will find. Thanks to Kira Matiwane and Katja Vinding-Petersen for spotting this incredible encounter. Never before has this predatory behaviour been documented in Gansbaai! Orcas hunting common

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Orca whales in False Bay

Making a splash: orcas in False Bay

By David Hurwitz The dolphins were leaping, splashing and rapidly changing direction, I knew that this panic could only mean one thing – the orcas have arrived! Orca sightings in False Bay are exceptionally rare. Occasional reports come in from

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10 things I love about Africa

A few weeks ago I had to sit down and write my first editorial of the new year for Africa Geographic. COP17 had just wound up with the same old pseudo commitment on the part of some countries and regions

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Safari feature: A great white shark quest

When I was living and guiding in the bush, the chances of seeing a lion, leopard or wild dog kill in action was fairly low. However, by trusting my knowledge of the particular predator, their hunting times, body language and

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