A chocolate box of search terms

We can see some of the search terms that lead people to this blog. Some of them are super special. Now and then I make a note of the most memorable ones. Here are some for...

Posted by on 30 July 2014 | 12:23 am

Video (TED): Stephen Palumbi on the hidden toxins in the fish we eat

In this TED talk  marine biologist Stephen Palumbi  explains how putting things into the bottom of the food chain – mercury from burning coal, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl – a molecule widely used in industrial applications...

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 12:27 am

Bookshelf: The Extreme Life of the Sea

The Extreme Life of the Sea – Stephen R. Palumbi & Anthony R. Palumbi Father and son team Stephen and Anthony Palumbi tackle the ocean superlatives in this entertaining, easy to read volume. The Extreme...

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 12:28 am

Movie: Sharknado

I really don’t know how to talk about this movie. It was the worst, most obviously low budget, poorly plotted, poorly acted, blatantly illogical, over the top piece of cinematic fluff I’ve ever encountered. I...

Posted by on 26 July 2014 | 11:51 pm

Green turtle in Sodwana

This green turtle was feeding calmly on some coral when we descended onto Chains, which is part of Two Mile Reef in Sodwana. You can see that it was quite a surgy day, as the...

Posted by on 26 July 2014 | 12:24 am

Friday photo: Muizenberg surfers

Surfers park like ants in the swell at Muizenberg, seen from a bird’s eye view at the Shark Spotters lookout point above the beach.

Posted by on 25 July 2014 | 12:23 am

Newsletter: Staying out of trouble

Hi divers Weekend diving No diving this weekend! Conditions forecast The conditions forecast for this weekend is not very different from the weather we had last weekend and as the weather experts say,we are in...

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 1:14 pm

xkcd: Fish

The Fermi Paradox is the seeming contradiction between the high estimated probability that extraterrestrial life exists, and the lack of evidence for any such life so far. If you can’t see fish (analogous to the...

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 12:11 am

A glimpse of False Bay… from a drone

The instruction manual for the Parrot AR.Drone wasn’t kidding when it recommended not to fly the quadcopter in strong winds. Although when Tony lined his one up on our pool deck for a quick demonstration...

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 12:25 am

Bookshelf: The Fluid Envelope of Our Planet

The Fluid Envelope of Our Planet: How the Study of Ocean Currents Became a Science – Eric L. Mills This beautifully-titled book is a slow moving history of physical oceanography, tracing the contributions and occasional...

Posted by on 21 July 2014 | 12:25 am

Directions to Simon’s Town jetty

When we dive in False Bay, we’ll usually assemble in the parking area of False Bay Yacht Club, or (more likely) on the jetty in Simon’s Town just opposite the yacht club slipway. In case...

Posted by on 20 July 2014 | 12:16 am

Blue spotted ribbontail rays in Sodwana

Here are two lovely little blue spotted ribbontail rays on the sand at Zambi Alley, one of the dive sites we visited on our 2014 Sodwana trip.

Posted by on 19 July 2014 | 12:25 am

Friday photo: Beach huts

Seen from high up on Boyes Drive where the Shark Spotter’s hut is, colourful beach huts stand in orderly lines on Muizenberg beach.

Posted by on 18 July 2014 | 12:24 am

Newsletter: Surf’s up

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Saturday: Pool training Sunday: Shore dives (or surfing) at Long Beach Conditions When a surf school reckon this weekend’s surfing is likely to be the best surf this year I take...

Posted by on 17 July 2014 | 11:32 am

Bookshelf: Mapping the Deep

Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science – Robert Kunzig Robert Kunzig won the Aventis Science Book of the Year award in 2001 for this book (the 2011 winner was The Wavewatcher’s Companion!). It is...

Posted by on 16 July 2014 | 12:14 am

Our protocol for scuba diving with cowsharks

Shark Alley is a special and unusual dive site just south of Millers Point. It is an aggregation site for broadnose sevengill cowsharks, predators who feed on seals and a variety of other animals. They can grow to...

Posted by on 15 July 2014 | 12:09 am

Swapping the motors on Seahorse

After making the decision to do so, replacing the two 90 horsepower two stroke engines on our boat with smaller and more fuel efficient four stroke engines took a fair amount of time. The task was...

Posted by on 14 July 2014 | 12:34 am

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