Tag Archives: Alison Towner

Sawchuk – Tagged White Shark Female update

Back in October 2014, our team deployed a pop off archival  or ‘PAT’ transmitter on a female white shark. We named the shark “Sawchuk” after the family who kindly donated towards her tag.   The shark proceeded to spend the … Continue reading

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The Two Oceans I&J Predator Tank Dive – Alison Towner

The Two Oceans I&J predator tank dive: an inside perspective on their ‘denizens of the deep’. By Alison Towner, PhD cand/biologist, Dyer Island Conservation Trust As a shark researcher based with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, I talk sharks with … Continue reading

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Dyer Island acoustic receiver roll over

Monday the 8th of December, as Kleinbaai harbor is bustling with busy with holiday makers, our biologists and volunteers    launched the DICT research boat Lwazi in order to retrieve     and re-deploy the listening stations behind Dyer Island. … Continue reading

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International Coastal Cleanup 2014

Every year, on the 20/21st September, the world comes together to tackle one of the biggest threats our ocean faces every single day – pollution. Worldwide thousands of kilograms of Plastics, Monofilament Fishing line, and a magnitude of other pollutants … Continue reading

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Bronze Whaler Sharks at Dyer Island, Gansbaai South Africa

With the recent sightings of Bronze Whaler Sharks around our tourism partner, Marine Dynamics Shark Tours, cage diving vessel – Slashfin, the intrigues of this species has caused us to look at their distribution, habitat and behaviour more closely to … Continue reading

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The DICT deploy VEMCO VR2 listening stations.

Thursday, 12th September 2013,  marked a revolutionary event in terms of data collection around Dyer Island. A line of five VEMCO VR2w listening stations were successfully deployed, by the Dyer Island Conservation Trusts research team and Marine Dynamics, to the … Continue reading

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National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration

  On the 6th September, we were privileged to have the National Geographic CRE team join us for a whale eco-safari. The wildlife did not disappoint with Southern rights, plus a lucky sighting of two Humpback whales as well as … Continue reading

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Environmental influences on Great White Sharks

ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON THE ABUNDANCE AND SEXUAL COMPOSITION OF WHITE SHARKS IN GANSBAAI The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has published a new article focusing on the driving factors and cues behind the presence of Great White sharks in the Gansbaai … Continue reading

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DICT participates in recent Bathymetric survey

DICT participates in recent Bathymetric survey around the Dyer Island system and inshore Reefs. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has recently collaborated with Underwater Surveys (PTY) Ltd, a private marine services company based in Cape Town. Mark Prowse and Hydrographic Surveyor … Continue reading

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Great White Shark study in the limelight at the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town.

It is now evident that the impact of angling and interference pressure on the Great White Sharks , before they were protected in South Africa in 1991, had a much greater effect than anticipated. There is no evidence of a … Continue reading

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