Bookshelf: Shark

Shark: Fear and Beauty – Jean-Marie Ghislain Jean-Marie Ghislain is a Belgian photographer who has had the privilege to visit far flung places on earth, and to dive with charismatic megafauna of all descriptions. This book...

Posted by on 30 June 2015 | 12:34 am

Bookshelf: Whales and Dolphins in Question

Whales & Dolphins in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book – James G. Mead & Joy P. Gold Bernita brought us this book as a gift from her travels in America early this year. It’s published...

Posted by on 28 June 2015 | 12:55 am

Newsletter: Warmer waters

Hi divers We had some really good diving last weekend and ended the weekend with a quick dive under Simon’s Town jetty to examine the pilings for STADCO. Thanks to Jerrel for the photo! We are off...

Posted by on 26 June 2015 | 12:39 am

Article: The New Yorker on sharing the sea with sharks

You have probably all read this article, and if you haven’t you should. South African-born social anthropologist Ceridwen Dovey does an excellent job of introducing and interrogating the various shark bite mitigation measures available in the New...

Posted by on 23 June 2015 | 12:50 am

Bookshelf: 52 Blue

52 Blue – Leslie Jamison This book turned out to be something entirely different than what I expected (I probably did not do enough research before committing to it). The subject matter sounds cool: a lone...

Posted by on 21 June 2015 | 12:29 am

Newsletter: Wrinkly fingers

Hi divers Weekend dive plans Sunday: Launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 10.00 am for SAS Pietermaritzburg / 12.00 pm for Atlantis We did not quite reach the wrinkly finger clean and cold diving conditions we were hoping for...

Posted by on 19 June 2015 | 12:55 am

Bookshelf: The World Without Us

Today we continue the theme begun yesterday: our impact on the planet. Instead of thinking about things on the scale of the individual, this book forces us to think on a far larger one. The...

Posted by on 17 June 2015 | 12:13 am

Bookshelf: The Control of Nature

Today and tomorrow I’ll tell you about two books I read recently: The Control of Nature, and The World Without Us. They both deal with man’s impact on the environment, but not in the same way...

Posted by on 16 June 2015 | 12:13 am

Our protocol for scuba diving (and snorkeling) with Cape fur seals

Scuba divers’ and snorkelers’ interactions with Cape fur seals have been in the spotlight recently in light of proposed legislation that would limit us to keeping a distance of more than 30 metres from any...

Posted by on 13 June 2015 | 12:03 am

Newsletter: Winter viz

Hi divers Weekend dives Saturday: launching from Simon’s Town jetty at 10.00 am for Caravan Reef, and at 12.30 pm for Atlantis False Bay was not ideal for diving last week. I did launch a few days for a group...

Posted by on 12 June 2015 | 1:06 am

When it rains…

When does rain fall in Cape Town? What time of day is it safe to leave home without an umbrella, during which months? Am I right in thinking it always pours with rain between 6.00...

Posted by on 11 June 2015 | 12:36 am

Article: The New Yorker on sponges

My favourite science writer, Ed Yong, explores sponges for the New Yorker in an article entitled “Consider the Sponge”. Sponges are deceptively simple creatures with jelly-like interiors and no symmetry. They are, however, covered in...

Posted by on 9 June 2015 | 12:41 am

About last summer…

How was your summer? Can you recall it? We are far enough into winter that it feels like quite a distant memory, but the summer months of 2014-2015 in Cape Town were memorable for all the...

Posted by on 7 June 2015 | 12:34 am

Newsletter: To the lighthouse

Hi divers Weekend dives No diving planned What’s been happening The first winter swell arrived last weekend and hung around all week. It is dropping off and should be gone by the weekend. We had...

Posted by on 5 June 2015 | 12:49 am

Bookshelf: Dynasties of the Sea

Dynasties of the Sea – Lori Ann LaRocco Global shipping magnates tend to have a few things in common. One is that a strong familial tradition exists, with sons and grandsons taking over the business...

Posted by on 3 June 2015 | 12:31 am

Article: Wired on mapping a sunken aircraft carrier

Wired.com reported on efforts by NOAA to survey and map the USS Independence, a sunken aircraft carrier lying in over 800 metres of water near the Farallon Islands. She was scuttled in 1951 about 50 kilometres off...

Posted by on 1 June 2015 | 12:14 am

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