Tag Archives: Alison Towner

Southernmost Record of a Sicklefin Devil Ray

Alison Towner, DICT biologist. On Thursday the 21st January a dead stingray at the Blousloep in Franskraal was reported to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. It had washed up the day before and a photograph was shown to Marine Dynamics … Continue reading

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS – Ambush Hunters or Not?

Sex-specific and individual preferences for hunting strategies in white sharks A recent paper published in Functional Ecology challenges the often assumed hunting strategy of great white sharks as ambush predators. This is the first white shark research paper to be … Continue reading

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Shark Research Update

Alison Towner DICT’s senior biologist and a PhD student at the University of Rhodes, has been looking at Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias populations for the past nine (9) years in Gansbaai, South Africa. As another year comes to a … Continue reading

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Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium

Blog DICT: By Alison Towner The third Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium, hosted by Shark Spotters and the Save Our Seas Foundation, took place from the 6th-9th of September at the Blue Horizon estate in Simons Town. A record … Continue reading

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Tagging success!

Alison Towner DICT Marine Biologist It is now peak winter season here in the Western Cape. At this time of year we tend to get extreme cold fronts interspersed by one or two windless days followed by another cold front! … Continue reading

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A unique opportunity: The Dyer Island Conservation Trust dissect a Great White Shark carcass.

By Alison Towner, DICT Marine Biologist. On Friday afternoon the 26th of June, a local fisherman Pikkie Smal contacted the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) to report the carcass of a Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias). The shark was found … Continue reading

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Deployment Success

By Alison Towner, DICT. On Thursday the 11th of June, our team, including our International Marine Volunteers, launched to deploy phase one of our acoustic receivers. This work forms an integral component of my PhD research on white shark behavioral … Continue reading

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Bottlenose Dolphin stranding at Romansbaai

Bottlenose Dolphins are a common sight along the Overstrand coastline of South Africa. A welcome sight to tourists from all over with world, there is very few things as spectacular as seeing a pod of Dolphins playing the surf. On … Continue reading

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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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