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Humpback dolphins: South Africa’s most endangered dolphin

Although shy and somewhat elusive, the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) is commonly sighted in Plettenberg Bay’s nearshore waters. These dolphins can often be seen swimming along the Keurbooms and Robberg beaches, alone or in small groups of between 2 and 15 individuals. Humpback dolphins can be readily distinguished from other dolphins by the […]

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Knysna Seahorse in dire straits

The Knysna seahorse Hippocampus capensis is an endemic seahorse species to the Western Cape, found in only three estuarine systems: Swartvlei Estuary, Knysna Estuary, and Keurbooms Estuary. Historically this species was also found in Klein Brak, Groot Brak, Goukamma, Groot, Kromme, Kabeljous, and Gamtoos estuaries but they have not been seen in these systems for […]

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White steenbras

The white steenbras Lithognathus lithognathus is a slow-growing, long-lived, late maturing, and estuarine-dependent species endemic to South Africa. White steenbras is an important recreational and subsistence shore and estuarine fishery species, particularly in the southern and south-eastern coastal regions of South Africa. They can attain 25-30 years of age, and grow over 130cm in length […]

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The amazing African penguin

After having the amazing opportunity to work with African penguins at the Cape St Francis SANCCOB facility, I have a much greater appreciation for these incredible birds! African penguins stand 60-70 cm tall, and are built like a solid rugby player weighing in somewhere between 2.2-3.5 kg. They are beautiful birds, distinct with black backs […]

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Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

A Turtle on the beach.   Last week a baby Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) was found washed up on Robberg beach and brought to the ORCA Foundation, a volunteer program working with Ocean Blue Adventures. The loggerhead turtles have since 1986 been on the endangered list as vulnerable (http:www.iucnredlist.org), and are now seen as endangered and […]

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