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Killers in Cape waters: Shark carcasses and killer whales

three killer whales, ocean, False Bay, South Africa

A look into the recent white shark deaths around the Cape coast, killer whales and the reasons and effects their presence could have on the endangered great white shark.

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.

Celebrating community and creativity at the Muizenberg Festival

Everyone is welcome to join the festivities at the Muizenberg Festival!

An interview with shark researchers: Monique and Chris Fallows

An interview about African wildlife experiences with the husband and wife team who have pioneered the research and photography of the breaching great white sharks of False Bay.

No safe harbour for Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal in Kalk Bay

Cape fur seals under threat from pollution in Kalk Bay harbour.

So long, and thanks for all the fish South Africa

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Officials bribed with a bucket of fish so fisherman can break the rules in False Bay.

Killer whale action in False Bay

10 hours of spectacular killer whale action were enjoyed on 26 March 2015 in False Bay!

Orcas hunting in False Bay

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

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.

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

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.

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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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