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Exclusive Diving Day Trips
Written by Eve    Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:18    PDF Print E-mail

Come and join us for a scuba diving day trip to Mabibi.

Enjoy an early start and sunrise boat ride with light refreshments to enjoy the magnificent coastline en-route to some of our secret dive spots checking for whale sharks and dolphins to snorkel with on the way.

The day will include three dives, two at Mabibi on Pine Star Reef and Slingers Cove, beautiful dive sites with nice drops offs and some interesting and different marine life.  The third dive will be on the way home at a reef of your choice, 9 mile, 8 mile, 7 or 6 mile reefs.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the boat between dives whilst you catch a tan, take a swim and relax in the summer sun.

Included in the price:

2 x nitrox fills

Full Gear Hire

Three dives

Morning snacks

Cool Drinks

Picnic Lunch

Minimum of 5 divers and as maximum of 8

Cost R1750.00 pp

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:34 )
Up and Coming Courses
Written by Eve    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:25    PDF Print E-mail

Apart from the normal 1 & 2 star courses we have the following planned dates:

2-7 November 2015 - CMAS 2 star instructor course

20-27 November 2015 - Deep dive week with the opportunity to enroll on advanced nitrox and normoxic trimix courses


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:03 )
Finding Hope, Written by Judy Mann
Written by Administrator    Friday, 31 October 2014 10:33    PDF Print E-mail

SAAMBR’s work on rock lobsters is helping us to ensure that they are sustainably utilised.  To ensure that future generations can benefit from harvesting these delicacies.The latest Living Planet Report produced by WWF International in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, the Water Footprint Network and the Global Footprint Network makes sobering reading. The number of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on our planet has fallen by half over the last 40 years. This means that the state of the world’s biodiversity is worse than ever.  There is simply less space for wild animals to live as habitat loss and degradation continue. In addition to this, animals are killed at a rate faster than they can reproduce as exploitation through hunting and fishing increases. Climate change is the third most common threat to biodiversity and this threat is likely to increase pressure on populations in the future.  The Report states that the biomass of marine species declined by 39% between 1970 and 2010. The animals most affected are turtles, many shark species, and large migratory birds such as the albatross, as well as large fish species such as the tunas.

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Do some brittle stars care for their young? By Jennifer Olbers
Written by Eve    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:54    PDF Print E-mail

Between 1999 & 2001, a number of expeditions were undertaken to the KZN coast by a delegation of Belgian and South African echinoderm and seaweed experts in a collaborative biodiversity study. One of the many aims of the trip was to make the first biodiversity assessment of the echinoderms in an area which is historically known to be under-sampled by biologists. The expedition reported 51 new distribution records bringing the total known echinoderm species occurring on the KZN coast to 181. However, as with many of these marine expeditions, many interesting specimens are collected and create many additional questions that are often left unanswered. One such question was a small brittle star that was found with its arms inserted into the genital pouches (Picture 1) of the larger Blotch-star brittle star (Ophiocoma brevipes). The Blotch-star brittle star (Picture 2) is very common in KZN and is known to occur from Kosi Bay to Aliwal Shoal but the question remained. Was the smaller brittle star a new species? Was it just being baby-sat by a different species? Do they live together in a symbiotic relationship? Or was it a baby Blotch-star brittle star?

Read more...  [Do some brittle stars care for their young? By Jennifer Olbers] Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:28 )
In Search of the Tanzanian Coelacanth – By Eve Marshall
Written by Eve    Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:06    PDF Print E-mail

It’s no easy feat to get 6 trimix divers from SA, England and the USA plus a film crew, enough kit and cylinders for 2 rebreathers and 4 open circuit divers, plus enough helium and oxygen to spend two weeks diving trimix off of the coast of Tanga in Tanzania.  Our expeditions purpose in 2012 was to search for and film the Tanzanian Coelacanth population for SA’s film production company “Earth Touch” they were making a documentary for National Geographic to be called "Dinofish".  We had filmed the first part in Sodwana Bay with Dr Richard Pyle (Pyle deep stop fame) earlier in the year and had our fingers crossed for a successful expedition.

Heading the dive team was our own Peter Timm the man that would find them in the unexplored depths if anyone could, Robert Whitton – Dr Pyle’s technician and self proclaimed fish nerd from Hawaii, Dan Stevenson UK deep diving camera man, Eve Marshall, Werner Nell and Andre Willemse deep divers and back up support.

Read more...  [In Search of the Tanzanian Coelacanth – By Eve Marshall] Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:28 )
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