Divers mapping fish distribution in South Africa for the Sea Fish Atlas
Apr09

Divers mapping fish distribution in South Africa for the Sea Fish Atlas

Divers mapping fish distribution in South Africa for the Sea Fish Atlas Anyone who has ever experienced our underwater world in South Africa or visited one of our beautiful aquariums will know how incredibly diverse our marine fish are. In fact, of all the fish families worldwide, over 80% are represented in South African waters and, of these, 13% are endemic and only found in southern Africa! For example the klipfish, seabreams and...

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A Drop in the Ocean – Davey du Plessis in his pedal boat
Apr02

A Drop in the Ocean – Davey du Plessis in his pedal boat

A Drop in the Ocean Starting their voyage from Cape Town in April 2015, Durban based brothers Davey du Plessis (26) and Richie Wolff (21) will endure the ultimate physical and mental challenge – crossing the Atlantic Ocean by means of a customised pedal boat, with no engine or sail and become a drop in the ocean. This 6450 kilometre journey, from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, is expected to take between 90 to 150 days and will test...

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Dive like a Whale
Mar30

Dive like a Whale

Dive like a Whale Author: Georgina Jones Have you ever wondered how much like a whale you are? And no, not because of any blubber layer. Humans and whales are both air-breathers, sure. But in common with whales, seals and dolphins, we have a set of reflexes that help us survive underwater. Splash cold water on your face and your heartbeat will slow down just like a whale’s does before it dives. This is just the start of our...

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Nudibranchs the most gorgeous marine animals keep scuba divers fascinated
Mar20

Nudibranchs the most gorgeous marine animals keep scuba divers fascinated

Nudibranchs the most gorgeous marine animals keep scuba divers fascinated Author: Georgina Jones of Sea Slug Atlas Nudibranchs, or sea slugs, are possibly the most gorgeous marine animals of all. The extraordinary variety of their colours and shapes keeps scuba divers fascinated over years of spotting them. South African nudibranchs, like our seas, span a huge range from tropical animals to ones which prefer cooler or even cold water....

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Save the blue heart of the planet
Jul04

Save the blue heart of the planet

Save the blue heart of the planet Mission Blue ,  which has been shot during a 3-year period in numerous locations around the world, traces Sylvia Earle’s remarkable personal journey, from her earliest memories exploring the ocean as a young girl to her days leading a daring undersea mission in the Virgin Islands and beyond. Dr. Earle urged people “to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines —...

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The Master Switch of Life – the science of freediving
Jul04

The Master Switch of Life – the science of freediving

The science of freediving YOUR BODY’S AMAZING REACTION TO WATER James Nestor Writer James Nestor explores the science of the “mammalian dive reflex,” the phenomenon by which water triggers an immediate decrease in heart rate. While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed...

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