Slipway shenanigans at Skuitbaai

One windy weekend recently (pick one) Tony and I found ourselves searching for the lighthouse at Cape Hangklip. We ended up at Skuitbaai, which is a large bay just on the west side of the eastern entrance...

Posted by on 28 February 2015 | 11:31 pm

Newsletter: Wind-windows

Hi divers Weekend diving Saturday: Early launching (meet at 7.30 am) from Hout Bay The sad face of diving has still been in evidence and the howling winds have kept us dry for way too long....

Posted by on 27 February 2015 | 12:30 am

Thursday photo: The Table

The view of Table Mountain from Lagoon Beach in Milnerton is arresting. It feels astonishingly close, and I love the way it surprises you as you walk towards the lagoon mouth. Also, from here, Table...

Posted by on 26 February 2015 | 12:44 pm

Article(s): Phenomena & The Verge on a sea star wasting virus

The starfish in this picture may or may not still be alive (my guess is not), but it looks very much like a starfish in the early stages of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (SSWS), minus a...

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 11:43 pm

Newsletter: In the zone

Hi divers Weekend diving Saturday and/or Sunday: Boat dives in the ocean, probably… For an explanation of why so vague, read on! We seem to be in a zone of poor weekend diving conditions. The...

Posted by on 20 February 2015 | 12:10 am

Thursday photo: Clouds again

Here’s another photo of the clouds at Fish Hoek earlier this month. You can see Hangklip just on the horizon.

Posted by on 18 February 2015 | 11:37 pm

Article: Nautilus on conserving ugly species

Here’s something close to my heart: the question of which animal species we choose to get all riled up about saving, and which ones we conveniently overlook! Conservationists and “activists” building their brands on charismatic megafauna such as...

Posted by on 16 February 2015 | 11:04 pm

Friday photo: Fish Hoek clouds

Fish Hoek beach is the most peaceful and wonderful location for an evening walk. Here are some rain clouds departing near sunset, earlier this month.

Posted by on 12 February 2015 | 11:30 pm

Newsletter: State of the water

Hi divers Weekend dives Saturday: Launches from Simon’s Town jetty, subject to confirmation on Friday evening Sunday: Launches from Simon’s Town jetty at lunchtime or Hout Bay in the morning, subject to confirmation on Saturday evening The ocean...

Posted by on 12 February 2015 | 1:05 pm

Article: Wired on rising sea levels

An article on reveals the strange – and frankly terrifying – progress of sea level rise on planet earth. Summarising a scientific paper in Geophysical Research Letters (which makes this post a meta-meta analysis), the article describes...

Posted by on 9 February 2015 | 11:40 pm

Friday photo: Silvermine river

The Silvermine river drains onto Fish Hoek beach and into the sea, at the Clovelly end of the beach. Along its banks and nearby, pieces of metal from the wreck of the SS Kakapo (which is...

Posted by on 5 February 2015 | 11:25 pm

Newsletter: Too little too late?

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Launching at 8.30 and 11.30 am from Simon’s Town jetty, in search of clean water! Sunday: Same plan as Saturday, times to be confirmed We have tried to do...

Posted by on 5 February 2015 | 1:34 pm

Article: The Atlantic & Reuters on a visit to an Arctic ice station

In autumn (northern hemisphere) 2011, a Reuters photographer spent a few days at a research station built on Arctic sea ice north of Alaska, and documented his time there. Despite the remote location the pictures (to...

Posted by on 3 February 2015 | 11:09 pm

Article: Afar on a journey to Antarctica

Chris Jones went on an expedition to Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions, and wrote about it for travel guide Afar. This kind of trip is one of the things on my bucket list. It is prohibitively...

Posted by on 2 February 2015 | 11:10 pm

Friday photo: Hout Bay

On the way to launch the boat at Hout Bay, we usually stop on top of Chapmans Peak drive and take a picture. On this particular occasion, Hout Bay looked like a lake.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 11:28 pm

Newsletter: Bad news travels fast

Hi divers Weekend diving No dives planned! Sob! Bad news travels fast, but bad visibility does the exact opposite. The water is dirty everywhere and nothing seems to be able to move it along. We...

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 1:57 pm

Article (infographic): South China Morning Post on whaling

One of the data visualisation sites I follow alerted me to this infographic about Japanese Antarctic whaling, published in response to the International Court of Justice’s April 2014 ruling that Japanese whaling in the Antarctic...

Posted by on 26 January 2015 | 11:10 pm

Friday photo: A series of sunsets

We conclude our sunset series with this beautiful display of colour spotted at Fish Hoek beach one Friday evening.

Posted by on 22 January 2015 | 11:28 pm

Newsletter: My flaw has plans

Hi divers Weekend dives Sunday: Launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 9.00 for SAS Pietermaritzburg and Outer Photographer’s Reef at 11.30 am Conditions We had fantastic diving in freezing cold water in False Bay on Friday for the Advanced course currently...

Posted by on 22 January 2015 | 12:20 pm

Article: Wired on giant ocean eddies

Scientists have discovered giant eddies, 100 kilometres across, making their leisurely way across the world’s oceans. The rotational effect extends up to a kilometre below the ocean’s surface. They are quite beautiful when visualised (if...

Posted by on 19 January 2015 | 11:10 pm