Seafarers in South African waters have been warned to avoid tampering with two strange alien-looking crafts – one of them floating on the surface; the other drifting at depths of up to 1000 metres. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report.
Several hundred people turned out for Durban’s first Welcoming the Whales Festival at the Bluff over the weekend. The two-day long festival marked the opening of the 4th annual World Whale Conference (WWC2017) taking place in Durban. “We have delegates from all over the world, including Iceland, Madagascar, Portugal, Belgium, UK and USA, sharing ideas about whale and dolphin conservation,” said conference organiser, Wendy van Gool of the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA). Pods Van Gool said the frequent sightings of
Ula, a sick baby turtle, is bobbing on top of the water of a display tank at Durban’s Ushaka Sea World like a cork – ‘positively buoyant’ they call it, leaving veterinary scientists perplexed as to what has caused this. Nompilo Kunene reports First published in The Witness Ula, which means Jewel of the Sea, is suffering from excessive intestinal gas, and also has a high white blood cell count, indicative of serious illness. The seven month-old critically endangered leatherback
Two tiny loggerhead hatchlings look set to become an educational centrepiece at uShaka Marine World after their rescue off Durban beaches recently. Sabelo Nsele and Nomfundo Xolo report First published in Daily News At first, Durban lifeguard Owen Hlongwa had no idea what the “limp lump of something” that had washed up on uShaka Beach was. Then he saw faint signs of life. It was a baby loggerhead turtle, matchbox size. “I put it in a bucket of seawater and it started reviving,” said