Newsletter: Fog for thought

Hi divers Weekend diving Saturday: Shore dive(s) Sunday: Launching from Simon’s Town jetty for an undisclosed location in False Bay! Conditions report The weekend started with a foggy wait in Table Bay for the fog...

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 12:48 am

Article: Phenomena on the size of marine animals

Ed Yong reports for Phenomena (a National Geographic blog) that a team of scientists has published a paper on the subject of how large marine animals grow. Not having to work against gravity, marine fauna...

Posted by on 13 April 2015 | 11:51 pm

Newsletter: Swim time

Hi divers Weekend dives Sunday: launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 8.00 for Outer Photographer’s Reef / 10.30 for Alpha Reef / 12.30 double tanker to Pyramid Rock for cowsharks Dive report We were able to get in the water...

Posted by on 10 April 2015 | 12:59 am

Article: New York Times on the wreck of the Kulluk

We are far enough south that – to me at least – discussions on the subject of oil companies drilling in the Arctic, much of which is now conveniently ice-free in summer, don’t register as...

Posted by on 7 April 2015 | 12:10 am

Newsletter: Time and motion

Hi divers I did a week-long time and motion study on myself. The results were very scary. Besides taking way too long to drink each cup of coffee, I spend 95% of my online time looking...

Posted by on 3 April 2015 | 1:11 am

The shell midden at Miller’s Point

(An alternative title for this post could be: How I Got Really Excited About Walking Around on a Historical Garbage Dump.) On the seaward side of the parking areas at Miller’s Point is a short string...

Posted by on 2 April 2015 | 12:17 am

Article: Outside on Chris Fischer and Ocearch

I am a regular reader of Outside Online, and noted with interest an article about Chris Fischer and his Ocearch project that was published earlier this year. Local shark afficionados (sounds pompous – sorry) may recall that...

Posted by on 31 March 2015 | 12:23 am

Hangklip lighthouse

The lighthouse at Cape Hangklip, on the eastern entrance to False Bay, is far remoter than I expected it to be, and much further than expected from the actual Hangklip mountain feature, too. Reaching it required...

Posted by on 29 March 2015 | 12:21 am

Newsletter: Loose ends

Hi divers Weekend plans Saturday: Launching from Hout Bay to the BOS 400 and Tafelberg Reef Text me or reply to this mail if you want to dive. We did not manage any diving last weekend as...

Posted by on 27 March 2015 | 12:11 am

Visible shipwrecks: RMS Athens at Mouille Point

An observant visitor to the promenade between Mouille Point and Green Point may notice something man-made sticking out of the ocean, less than 100 metres from shore. This artifact is the iron engine block of...

Posted by on 24 March 2015 | 12:11 am

Milnerton lighthouse

It’s not easy to make Milnerton lighthouse look as dramatic as the light at Slangkoppunt in Kommetjie, as the tower, opened in 1960, now exists next to a restaurant and quite far from the beach,...

Posted by on 22 March 2015 | 12:14 am

Newsletter: Creatures of the deep

Hi divers Weekend dives Saturday: Aqualung Fun Day at Harbour Island Sunday: Boat or shore dives in False Bay, to be confirmed We dived last weekend in False Bay. The conditions were great for being...

Posted by on 20 March 2015 | 12:18 am

Slangkoppunt lighthouse

During the last week of January I took an under-the-radar week off work, feeling that the brief Christmas break I’d had was insufficient. Indeed, I cannot remember much of the festive season, having slept through...

Posted by on 15 March 2015 | 12:10 am

Newsletter: Don’t be a chicken

Hi divers Weekend dives Saturday: launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 8.00 to Photographer’s Reef and 10.30 to Roman Rock Sunday: launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 9.30 to SAS Pietermaritzburg and 12.00 to Caravan Reef Finally good weather...

Posted by on 13 March 2015 | 1:13 am

Seli… gone!

Our obsession with shipwrecks that stick out of the water is well documented. We keep a beady eye on the BOS 400, and while the Seli 1 was visible at Blouberg, Tony and I would take a...

Posted by on 10 March 2015 | 12:20 am

Standby diver

Our Sunday afternoon trips down to the jetty in Simon’s Town, ice cream in hand, have become more interesting since the unveiling of a beautiful bronze statue of a navy standby diver. For about a week before...

Posted by on 7 March 2015 | 11:19 pm

Newsletter: Wind water fire

Hi divers Weekend diving No dives planned For some time now it has been difficult to write a NEWSletter as we have done so little diving. The harsh conditions have been relentless and decent weekday...

Posted by on 6 March 2015 | 12:07 am

Scattered shipwreck: the anchors of SS Maori

Nautical artifacts – both physical objects and place names – can be observed all over Cape Town. One, which I’ve driven past many, many times without even noticing, can be seen on Hout Bay Main Road...

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 11:05 pm

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