Replacing the outboard motors on Seahorse

Given the current petrol price and the rate at which a 90 horsepower two stroke engine burns through fuel, we made the decision to fit smaller, more fuel efficient four stroke engines. You would think this to...

Posted by on 13 July 2014 | 12:34 am

Dolphins in Sodwana

Right at the end of one of our very first dives in Sodwana this year, we spotted dolphins below us, swimming away over the sand. Here’s a very short and not terribly brilliant video of...

Posted by on 12 July 2014 | 12:24 am

Friday photo: Muizenberg beach

Here’s the view of Muizenberg beach, lines of swell rolling in, as seen from the Shark Spotters vantage point on Boyes Drive.

Posted by on 11 July 2014 | 12:23 am

Newsletter: Over the rainbow

Hi divers Weekend diving Sunday: Boat dives to Maidstone Rock at 9.30 and Spaniard Rock at 12.00 Conditions report False Bay has really delivered over the last few weeks. I have been fortunate to launch on 4 days this week and...

Posted by on 10 July 2014 | 1:16 pm

Bookshelf: The Secret Life of Lobsters

The Secret Life of Lobsters – Trevor Corson Journalist Trevor Corson spent two years lobstering off the coast of Maine in the United States, giving him an excellent understanding of the rigours of that (or any) fishery,...

Posted by on 9 July 2014 | 12:43 am

Schooling fish at Photographer’s Reef

We don’t often see this many fish in the water. False Bay used to be teeming with fish, but they’ve been fished out, leaving us with the odd patchy school that gets divers very excited....

Posted by on 8 July 2014 | 12:02 am

Series: Whale Wars, Season 4

Whale Wars is definitely winter viewing, even though the Antarctic whaling season takes place in the southern hemisphere summer. The weather is often quite intense, with large storms rolling through the southern ocean, and when we...

Posted by on 7 July 2014 | 12:14 am

Start of the Freedom Swim at Robben Island

The Freedom Swim is a 7.5km open water swim from Robben Island in Table Bay, to Big Bay at Blouberg. Each swimmer has a support boat. This video shows the support boats outside Murray’s Bay...

Posted by on 6 July 2014 | 12:13 am

Directions to Kommetjie Boat Club

For the sake of completeness I feel that I should provide directions to one other “slipway” on the Cape Peninsula, suitable for small craft launching. Kommetjie Boat Club has a large, spacious paved parking area...

Posted by on 5 July 2014 | 12:17 am

Friday photo: Windy Muizenberg

We don’t spend much time at Muizenberg beach (for reasons I haven’t fully fathomed – perhaps the ever present roadworks on the Main Road – we tend to drive south from where we live), but it’s...

Posted by on 4 July 2014 | 12:31 am

Newsletter: Exploring False Bay

Hi divers Weekend plans Sunday: False Bay photo cruise, meet at 7.15 am on Simon’s Town jetty Dive conditions We have had really good conditions for a few weeks now with visibility between 10 and...

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 12:38 pm

Comb jelly on the brunswick

We did a beautiful May dive on the Brunswick in crystal clear, cold water, and upon rolling off the boat were greeted immediately with a fairly large group of highly structured jelly like animals, pulsing...

Posted by on 2 July 2014 | 4:15 am

How you (you!) can make a difference for the environment

Here are some suggestions for things you can do at (or near) home that can have a positive impact on the environment.   The first suggestion is the most important! Be a busybody Keep tabs on...

Posted by on 30 June 2014 | 11:57 pm

Bookshelf: The View from Lazy Point

The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World – Carl Safina The Carl Safina we (I) know and love – brilliant, lyrical, and wide ranging – returns with this book after...

Posted by on 30 June 2014 | 12:10 am

Series: Whale Wars, Season 3

It was interesting to watch this series, which was filmed in 2010, in the light of the March 2014 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Japan’s so-called scientific whaling program (which entails killing 900 whales...

Posted by on 29 June 2014 | 12:36 am

Social media and conservation: a real life cautionary tale

Shark Spotters shared this very interesting video about social media and the role it can play in conservation efforts. It’s just under ten minutes long and the warning about language and disturbing imagery is serious,...

Posted by on 28 June 2014 | 12:29 am

Friday photo: Colour pop at Muizenberg

You can’t really tell except for the motion of the ocean, but this February day at Muizenberg was rather windy. The surfers were not deterred, however. We had lunch at Knead to celebrate some family...

Posted by on 27 June 2014 | 12:17 am

Newsletter: Eyes in the sky

Hi divers Weekend plans Saturday: 09.30 Batsata Maze / 11.30 Outer Photographer’s Reef Sunday: False Bay photo cruise Conditions report We have had great conditions for several weeks now, and had around 15 m visibility all of this...

Posted by on 26 June 2014 | 12:35 pm

Article: Outside on the sinking of the Bounty

Having turned our attention to the mighty Gulf Stream current yesterday, let’s think about the kinds of phenomena that the warm current can give rise to. As weather systems such as thunderstorms move over warm water,...

Posted by on 25 June 2014 | 12:27 am

Bookshelf: The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic – Stan Ulanski Stan Ulanski is an academic with a special interest in the Gulf Stream, both...

Posted by on 23 June 2014 | 11:50 pm