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Newborn turtles journey to the sea

Nothing quite beats the sensation of watching newborn turtles climb and clamber towards the beginning of their ocean lives. It is a tough journey, however, and to make it to the shoreline there are many obstacles that need to be overcome.

Shark warriors bravely attempt 100km swim

At sunrise on 2nd December Madswimmer took the plunge to attempt the fastest 100km swim ever in one day. Twenty one swimmers and a 24 strong support team made their way to the mighty Agulhas Current about 20km offshore from Park Rynie in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – to swim to Port Edward to raise awareness for sharks being on the verge of extinction

Marine flatworms: The butterflies of the sea

Labelled the butterflies of the sea, we often ask ourselves why are marine flatworms so vibrantly coloured? Is it simply that they can be, therefore they are? Or is there a deeper significance?

The wonderful world of nudibranchs

Nudibranchs (the naked gills) are molluscs, the flamboyant snails of the ocean. Their colours and shapes are stunning, and their multiple forms elegant and striking.

Go Plastic Free with WWF South Africa

WWF South Africa is working to prevent plastic pollution in our oceans through greater education and awareness among consumers and by developing easy-to-use tools to help consumers make responsible decisions and change behaviour.

Killer whales in Cape waters: Skilled hunters

Dave Hurwtiz has been on the water in False Bay, South Africa, for most of his life. For the last 20 years he has operated professional tours of the bay. Despite this, Dave says that he can count his encounters with killer whales on just his fingers and toes.

9 facts about ragged-tooth sharks

The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town have reopened their recently renovated shark exhibit with the introduction of nine beautiful ragged-tooth sharks.

Mafia Island’s whale sharks: A brief study of abuse

An international code of conduct for whale shark tourism is voluntarily adhered to by a few. It should therefore be no surprise that most whale sharks that we see around Mafia Island, off the coast of Tanzania, bear the scars and wounds of human disregard and exploitation.

Make a splash this World Oceans Day

It’s World Oceans Day on the 8th June and the theme for this year is “OUR OCEANS, OUR FUTURE” with the aim of encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.”

The best time to visit the fabulous Fanjove island

It’s a great time to visit, winds are light and it’s cool – set against the spectacular backdrop of the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, Fanjove Island is the perfect location to relax. It’s a dream island! With a max capacity of 12 guests, you will have a private and intimate experience on one of the most pristine Islands in the world. Conservation is the aim of the people who run the lodge and look after the island.

5 ways to help save our seas this World Fisheries Day

South Africa’s oceans are a source of tourism, wonder and perhaps most importantly a source of food. World Fisheries Day is celebrated across the globe by fishing communities to highlight the importance of water and marine life

Mafia Island – a healthy dwelling place

From snorkelling with whale sharks and scuba diving in a marine world that is home to over 460 species of fish, to watching sea turtles hatch or spotting reclusive hippos in lagoons – Mafia Island offers the perfect recipe for a Tanzanian island break!

Video: Octopus hurls debris at GoPro

Rare footage of an Indo-Pacific day octopus attacking a GoPro was captured on the sea floor at Fanjove Private Island in the SongoSongo Archipelago.

Diving with ragged-tooth sharks

Off the east coast of South Africa hundreds of scuba divers regularly see ragged-tooth sharks – here are some facts about these fascinating creatures.

Diving with potato bass

While scuba diving on reefs on the east coast of South Africa and Mozambique your are almost guaranteed a close encounter with a potato bass, one of the largest predatory fish on the reef.

Arriving in Morocco by tall ship

Bright blue fishing boats, red desert sunsets and bustling colourful markets make Essaouira in Morroco a sensory overload for Picton Castle crew.