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Observe, submerge conserve

This is the motto driving a newly established marine science mentoring programme which aims to address a critical shortage of skills in marine conservation science and management

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‘Rockstars’ of ocean science

The coelacanth, once thought to be extinct, has become the rock star of ocean science, says leading marine biodiversity expert, Dr Kerry Sink.

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Hands-on research experience for marine students

The Blue Fund’s Ocean Stewards initiative has provided a unique opportunity to 15 University of KwaZulu-Natal marine science students, write Romeo Ndlovu and Tholithemba Shange.

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Bobbing baby turtle has scientists perplexed

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

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Loggerheads navigate using GPS

For a long time it has been a mystery how loggerhead turtles navigate thousands of kilometres, returning from feeding grounds to nest on the very beaches where they hatched

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Loggerheads battle against all odds

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

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Loggerhead facts

Loggerhead females nest up to three to four times a season, laying up to 120 eggs in each nest between October and February. In the process they lose up to 25 percent of their body weight. Loggerhead turtle eggs take 45-55 days to hatch. Out of every 1 000 loggerhead hatchlings that enter the sea, only about two reach maturity. Loggerhead hatchlings in southern Africa are dependent on the southward flowing Agulhas Current for distribution. After their epic journeys as

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Five years for turtle butcher – Part I

This Roving Reporters’ case study on a 54-year-old man in prison for killing an endangered loggerhead turtle has raised important issues about life and survival