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Looking for a Spider-Man sequel? The real thing is spinning a Hollyweb blockbuster in our backyards

It’s not only the man in the red-and-blue suit who has super-powers – the real thing is pretty special too, especially their webs. Fatima Khan spins a tale First published

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Wild about weeds: Don’t let a world of nutrition (and learning) slip through the nettle

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