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A well-known sight along the beaches, in inter-tidal rocky pools, and in the hands of fishermen is redbait Pyura stolonifera. Although recognized on sight, many people may not know very much about this common animal. Redbait is a sea squirt which lives in intertidal rocky shores and subtidally down to 10 m deep. Sea squirts […]

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Cape Fur Seal Breeding

Situated on the magnificent Robberg Nature Reserve, a 3.9km peninsula that extends into the ocean on the southern side of Plettenberg Bay, is a colony of approximately 4000 Cape Fur Seals (Arctocephalus Pusillus). After the extermination of the original colony in the early 1900’s, the seals only returned in the early 90’s. The population gradually […]

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Killer whales (Orcinus orca) – General information

Killer whales, also referred to as Orca’s, from a shortened version of their scientific name Orcinus orca, are one of the world’s most well recognised cetaceans. This is largely due to the exposure they received from the ‘Free Willy’ films and the demand for them in captivity for performances. Unfortunately, none of these situations portray […]

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Sardine run

The sardine run, the largest biomass migration in the world, is even larger than the migration of the wildebeests. This is an annual migration of Pacific sardines (Sardinops sagax) from the Agulhas bank Northwards along the East coast of South Africa to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) area in winter. The Pacific sardine is a small pelagic, […]

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