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The hermaphroditic skinheads of the sea

While doing some research on fish occurring in local waters, I came across a most fascinating and odd looking species that I had to know more! The poenskop Cymatoceps nasutus looks like it could play the role of a gnome or troll in a movie as it does not age well! Poenskop is the Afrikaans READ MORE

Mussel-ing in on our coastline

Mussel is the common term for a variety of fresh and salt water clams or bivalve molluscs. Bivalves, as the name may suggest, are enclosed by two shell halves, and mussels are no different. Most of the species to which the term mussel applies have shells where the length is longer than the width giving READ MORE

Not one, but three, abalone species in Plettenberg Bay

If someone mentions abalone, it brings to mind one specific marine gastropod mollusk (sea snail) species Haliotis midae, also known as perlemoen. In fact, in Plettenberg Bay, there are 3 abalone species living in intertidal and subtidal waters. The most well-known abalone species is perlemoen, while the species most often found washed up on beaches READ MORE

Obedient to the pull of the Moon

The Moon has fascinated people since our earliest beginnings. It was on 20th July 1969 that the previously unbridged gap between Earth and Moon was finally overcome and the first man walked on the Moon. The diameter of the Moon is 3476 km compared to Earth’s 12 756 km diameter, however, despite having roughly a READ MORE

Greater Flamingos in Poortjies, Plettenberg Bay

Over the past few weeks visitors to Keurbooms estuary have been able to see a group of Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus spending some time in beautiful Plettenberg Bay. These are quite odd looking creatures, with their long legs and long necks, and I can’t help but think back to Alice in Wonderland when the Queen READ MORE

Our first Southern Right Whale of the season

We are very excited to announce that the first Southern Right Whale of the season has been sighted in our beautiful Plettenberg Bay! It is always so exciting to see the first whale of the season, though all sightings are awe-inspiring and fantastic, there is something special about that first sighting after months of not READ MORE