Swimming with Dolphins
Dolphins – those slippery, friendly mammals – have been popular since before the hit movie ‘Flipper’ and now we have dolphin shows, trainers and can even swim with these incredible sea creatures. Dolphins slip through the ocean waters with grace, serenity and playfulness. They are social and interact with humans, but is there more to interacting with these smart swimmers than pure entertainment? Can people benefit psychologically and physiologically from being in contact with dolphins? Some people claim there are indeed health benefits to be gained from swimming with dolphins, but science seems to indicate something different. When we swim with free dolphins, what effect do we have on them?
Solutions to society’s problems cannot usually be plucked from thin air, but Ross Badcock-Walters seems to have done just that. With South Africa having more and more mouths to cater for and less and less potable water as a result of increasing pollution and increased wastage, the availability of clean water is a problem. Ross has managed to capture the water from the air in the very humid Durban atmosphere. He cleans it, filters it and adds some healthy minerals to thousands of litres of water daily. Even more unbelievable: the whole process is powered by the greenest-yet wind turbine!
A Year in the Wild
Scott Ramsay took a journey he called ‘A Year in the Wild’, spending 12 months photographing and documenting 31 of the most incredible parks and reserves in South Africa. The purpose of the journey was to highlight these places to promote conservation. He shares his experiences via the most beautiful photographs and on social media. We talk to him in studio about the inspiration behind the whole trip and his experiences. He also tells us why it is so important to be looking after these wild areas.
Maurice and Villiers are at it again: out in the wild with their cameras. As usual they have some great tips for budding photographers.
There’s a real mixture of creatures to look at, from entwined snakes and the nastiest-looking wasps to an oddly coloured hippo. We prove once again that our animal kingdom is incredible.