Tag Archives: Gansbaai

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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A stinky decomposing mess or an underwater feast?

It’s all a matter of opinion! Just the other day, 25 November, the whale watching/eco trip vessel, Dreamcatcher, from Dyer Island Cruises stumbled upon a dead whale that had already stated turning white due to decomposition. The skin was falling … Continue reading

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A newly appointed Operations Manager for the Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Pinkey Ngewu as the Operations Manager. Pinkey is a passionate marine and nature guide with a diploma in Nature Conservation. Pinkey has nine years’ experience in conservation and … Continue reading

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Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa Visited DICT

Thomas Schaefer, recently appointed Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa (Feb2015), connected with Trust founder Wilfred Chivell at the Port Elizabeth rally. Volkswagen South Africa has been a corporate sponsor of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust since 2010. The team … 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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