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biodiversity Conservation Watch

Wild about weeds

We are often in a rush to rid our gardens of blackjacks, stinging nettles and a bunch of other bitter things. But Julia Invernizzi wised up on a recent walk.

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Turtles “talk” to divers

Ocean lovers Emma Tomkins and Michael Dowker dive into the fascinating world of turtle research.

Ocean Watch

New wave of enviro journos go big

Our first Ocean Watch writing competition produced a series of captivating stories on all things rays and sharks. Natalie dos Santos salutes the winning entries.

Ocean Watch

Detail on the devils: rare ray discovered on South Coast

‘Hightly endangered’ shortfin devil rays have been found in large numbers off KZN. Brent Lindeque spoke to ray researcher Michelle Carpenter

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A lot on their plate: Sea’s custodians must do more

South Africa has proclaimed 20 new marine protected areas, mirroring worldwide efforts to conserve more marine areas. But a lack of funding and management mean most remain ‘Parks on Paper’.

Ocean Watch Rays and sharks

Of rashes and threshers: How dermal denticles make the apex predator even harder to handle

Surfer and sometimes shark researcher Sean Kelly takes a salty look at shark skin, a marvel of evolution.

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Swimming against the tide of sewage: Standerton sanfus stir up action

An intrepid band of activist-athletes are drawing attention to a pressing pollution problem, with their latest target the Vaal River that flows through the Mpumalanga town of Standerton. Laura du Toit reports

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Bycatch threat to apex predators

Shark and ray numbers are dwindling. Bottom trawling and a lack of government monitoring are adding to the problem, writes Katie Biggar

Coronavirus Chronicles

Tracking Covid in sewers helps in virus fight

The Sars-Cov-2 virus has been detected in a number of wastewater treatment plants in KwaZulu-Natal. Fatima Khan reports on how researchers are turning this to good use.

Coronavirus Chronicles

Disco fever:
Big gatherings could trigger third wave – expert warns

Data modelling, aided by artificial intelligence, is helping better understand the spread of Covid-19  and to plan the rollout of the vaccine in  South Africa. Fatima Khan reports.