Bookshelf: People of the Sturgeon

People of the Sturgeon – Kathleen Schmitt Kline et al Sturgeon are perhaps best known for their eggs, which are expensively consumed as caviar. There are sturgeon populations in various locations in the northern hemisphere – perhaps...

Posted by on 30 May 2015 | 12:49 am

Newsletter: Surf’s up (again)

Hi divers Weekend dives No diving, but surfing! (See below) We had great conditions last weekend – Atlantis was magnificent – and the good visibility has remained all week. Peet took a stunning video on...

Posted by on 29 May 2015 | 1:28 am

Home testing of the SharkShield

One of the joys of having a manoeuvreable, user-friendly little boat is the opportunities that arise to participate in a variety of  interesting events. Lately, we have been doing a number of open water swims;...

Posted by on 28 May 2015 | 12:13 am

A Day on the Bay: Fishing for photos

Date: 20 December 2014 We have been following the work of two young photographers, Mac Stone and Joris van Alphen, who were recent recipients of the 2014 Marine Conservation Photography Grant from the Save Our...

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 12:04 am

Better (wind) days are coming

You’ll have already felt this, but here’s a bit of encouragement about the number of diving days as we progress through Cape Town’s brief autumn (OK, I think we’ve already done that) and into winter proper....

Posted by on 24 May 2015 | 12:25 am

Newsletter: Best of the best

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Launching at 9.30 am for Atlantis and 12.00 pm for the SAS Pietermaritzburg from  Simon’s Town jetty The last two weeks have been really good for diving in False...

Posted by on 22 May 2015 | 12:03 am

Bookshelf: South African Coasts

South African Coasts – Sylvia Earle (contributor) et al South African Coasts is an initiative of Sustainable Seas Trust, one of my favourite local non profit conservation organisations. You can read about their mission on their...

Posted by on 20 May 2015 | 12:13 am

Video (TED): Camille Seaman on photographing icebergs

In this very short talk, Camille Seaman, photographer and author of Melting Away, talks about her approach to iceberg photography, and shows some of her pictures. Saeaman also photographs storm clouds; she started storm chasing in...

Posted by on 18 May 2015 | 1:00 am

Bookshelf: Melting Away

Melting Away – Camille Seaman I first saw Camille Seaman’s photography in a feature on Wired.com. She is thinks about photographing icebergs the way one would photograph a person of advanced age: with respect and reverence....

Posted by on 16 May 2015 | 12:51 am

Newsletter: Cool, calm and collected

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Shore dives in False Bay, site TBC Diving this week We have had a busy week and False Bay has been really good. We have dived mostly wrecks this week...

Posted by on 15 May 2015 | 12:19 am

Article: The Atlantic on motion sickness

Travelling – by boat, car, bus – is supposed to be fun. If you suffer from motion sickness (sea sickness while on a boat), it isn’t. This feels like punishment, and Julie Beck in The Atlantic...

Posted by on 14 May 2015 | 12:07 am

Article: Nautilus on sea lamprey

Nautilus ran an article earlier this year about lampreys, fish that look like something out of the X Files. They are probably close relatives of hagfish; like hagfish, lampreys are jawless. They attach their round...

Posted by on 12 May 2015 | 12:46 am

Green Point lighthouse

Green Point lighthouse is South Africa’s first lighthouse, commissioned in 1824, and is currently the headquarters of the South African lighthouse service. The lighthouse is instantly recognisable, constructed from immensely thick masonry and painted with...

Posted by on 10 May 2015 | 12:19 am

Newsletter: Back seat divers

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Shore dives at Long Beach at 9.30 am Sunday: Launching from Hout Bay for Tafelberg Reef at 9.00 am / SS Oakburn at 11.30    Dive conditions – what’s up?    ...

Posted by on 8 May 2015 | 12:27 am

Genius gear: the Wetsac

Several years ago the wonderful Tami gave me a WETSAC for my birthday. It sounds like something squishy and perhaps offensive, but in fact it is a marvel of ingenuity and designed to improve the lives of...

Posted by on 6 May 2015 | 12:23 am

The NSRI SafeTRX app

At the beginning of this year, the NSRI launched the SafeTrx smartphone app. It is available in other countries, and the NSRI brought it to South Africa. I have been using it since February. It...

Posted by on 4 May 2015 | 12:30 am

A Day on the Bay: Looking for whales

Date: 27 October 2014 One day in October last year (there are no acceptable excuses for the delay posting this, so we’ll just leave it at that), Seahorse and her skipper were chartered by a multi-disciplinary team who...

Posted by on 2 May 2015 | 12:47 am

Newsletter: All the good stuff

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Launching from Simon’s Town to dive the pillars just off Ark Rock at 9.00 and Tivoli Pinnacles at 12.00 Conditions report We are having a great run of exceptional diving. The daytime temperatures...

Posted by on 1 May 2015 | 1:32 am

The Sea-Change exhibition in Sea Point

We’ve been slow to draw your attention to this (unless you follow us on instagram), but there’s a wonderful photographic exhibition at Sea Point that you should check out, rather than a ridiculous giant pair of...

Posted by on 29 April 2015 | 12:50 am

Urgent call to action on the future of seal diving and snorkeling in South Africa

Proposed changes to the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (no. 10 of 2004) will limit scuba divers’ and snorkelers access to Cape fur seal colonies. The proposal was brought to our attention by Georgina Jones (for...

Posted by on 28 April 2015 | 3:59 am