The defense mechanism of a puffer or blowfish allows their bodies to swell into a sphere (prickly in some species) to deter predators.

Twobar Anemonefish

Although the stinging tentacles of sea anenomes are lethal to most small fish, the anemone fish develops a commensal relationship with their host anenome.

Crinoid on a sponge

This delicate crinoid finds an ideal spot to feed in the passing currents. Food particles trapped by the arms are passed along ciliated grooves to the mouth.

Whaleshark and Diver

The Rhincodon Typus or whaleshark is a slow moving filter feeding shark and the largest know extant fish species.

Djibouti Giant

This "giant" nudibranch occurs on our deep reefs at Sodwana Bay,

Pufferfish Twobar Anemonefish Crinoid on a sponge Whaleshark and Diver Djibouti Giant
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Seahorses and Deep Secrets

Seahorses and Deep Secrets This gallery is a little different!  Take a peek at some of Sodwana Bay's deep secrets! Come and dive with Triton and enjoy scuba diving at its best.

Scuba Diving with Triton Dive Lodge in Winter

Scuba Diving with Triton Dive Lodge in Winter Take a look at this gallery to see some of Sodwana Bay's secrets!  Harlequin shrimps, raggies, lion fish, leopard groupers!!!  We have been keeping a close eye on our seahorse…

Scuba Diving during 2014 with Triton Dive Lodge

Scuba Diving during 2014 with Triton Dive Lodge The diving this year so far has been amazing, we have had some awesome sightings, schooling hammerhead sharks, mantas, whalesharks, frog fish and even a juvenile seahorse (hippocampus histrix) at…

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The Coelacanth

Coelacanth Discovery by Triton Dive Charters On 28 October 2000, Pieter Venter, Peter Timm and Etienne le Roux were near the end of an eight-minute Trimix training dive ...

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Memberships DAN Safety Partner Tel. 0860 242 242Mail. info@dansa.orgWeb. http://www.dansa.org CMAS-ISA Tel. 012 567 6229Mail. info@cmas.co.zaWeb. http://www.cmas.co.za Elephant Coast Tourism Tel. 035 562 0353Mail. info@elephantcoasttourism.comWeb. http://www.elephantcoasttourism.com South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative Tel. Not availableMail. sassi@wwf.org.zaWeb. ...

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Restaurants:Micro-Light Flights: Scenic introductory flights offered over the spectacular Sodwana Bay Coastline or overfly Lake Sibaya and see hippos and ...

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Sodwana Bay Malaria Information

The incidence of malaria in our area has been significantly reduced as result of multiple ongoing anti malaria campaigns. Precautions against malaria particularly between October and May are ...

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Parks and Game Reserves

Parks and Game Reserves Tembe Elephant Park Tembe Elephant park is a big five park and is home to 150 elephants in seven breeding herds.  The gate times in ...

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Sodwana Bay The Agulhas current brings warm clear water to the east coast of South Africa where corals have colonised submerged fossil dunes and rocky platforms in a ...

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In Search of the Tanzanian Coelacanth – By Eve Marshall
Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:06    | Written by Eve    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 )
Do some brittle stars care for their young? By Jennifer Olbers
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:54    | Written by Eve    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 )
Peter Timm - A Legend in our Time
Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:35    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

This week, Triton lost its leader, creator and a vital, inspiring, powerful and generous man who deeply touched so many lives. Peter Timm was a partner, father, brother, friend, dive buddy, instructor, skipper, boss, mentor, teacher, electrician, builder, pilot, mechanic, plumber, photographer, honorary officer and citizen scientist. An exceptional man who did so many things for so many people. Capable, innovative and determined, Peter and his team created a place and a business that brought so much happiness, beautiful memories, great energy, direction and personal growth. He loved to learn and he was a natural teacher. So many people experienced his generosity of spirit, time and incredible skills. He also had a way with words - not just in terms of the “Peter Timm woordeboek” but in his way of making things better, of making you laugh and stretching individuals to achieve beyond what they thought was possible. He was a man of action and empowered and inspired others, leaving a legacy in diving, discovery, marine research and human relationships.

Peter died still believing he could fix anything and who could blame him. He fixed so much. He also died doing what he loved. He loved helping people and he was motivated by a challenge. He was a competent and very experienced technical diver and he ascribed to the spirit of trimix diving expressed by fellow deep diver Forrest Young …..

Peter and the Coelacanth“In this, some might find me incautious, but exploration always has had an element of risk and in the end, we are all mortal and it is how we carry on our lives during this brief existence that makes all the difference as to who we really are. Rest assured that we take

every step to make our projects as safe as possible but in the end, in the depths, it is between us and the deep blue sea.”

Peter loved and lived these words.
Written by the “Baby Doctor” Dr Kerry Sink

“Eve, Rolleen (his business partner and co-founder of Triton, his daughters, Vanessa and Jade, and the Triton staff thank everyone for their kind condolences. Peter’s legacy will live on at Triton and we thank you for your continued support. Triton will be re-open for business on 1 July”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 07:41 )
The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:55    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was inscribed as a world heritage site in 1999 in recognition of its natural beauty, global value,One_Coelacanth_can_Hide_Another and the unique biodiversity the area has to offer. The marine sector, warmed by the tropical equatorial waters of the Agulhas Current, is in fact so special that it is renowned worldwide for being home to a healthy population of coelacanths, a biodiversity hotspot, and an area of great ecological significance. Each year thousands of visitors head to Sodwana Bay to get away from the rat race while taking advantage of the pristine nature the area offers, particularly in terms of fishing and SCUBA diving.

Read more... [The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme] Last Updated ( Friday, 02 July 2010 14:33 )
Butterfly Story
Sunday, 15 November 2009 20:30    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

New Dive Site: We went for a dive on Skipper's Reef The divers descended on a shoal of 27 racoon butterflyfish - such a big aggregation is an unusual sight, surely related to the fact that there was no camera amongst the group. 18 species of butterflyfish were seen on this dive each with its distinctive colour pattern in black, yellow and white. butterflyfish feed on a variety of reef creatures including seaweed, coral polyps, small invertebrates and fish eggs. Some types feed only on coral polyps such as the beautiful maypole butterflyfish and the purple or redfin butterflyfish. Many petrol the reef in pairs and stay together for many years if not life. Butterflyfish are considered inducator species - a clear sign of a healthy reef. Our reefs are doing very well and it is a real privilage to experience this type of diversity on a single dive. The only species the divers didn't see are the Indian butterflyfish - a single pair known only from one cave in Sodwana Bay and those known from the submarine canyons.butterfly

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 July 2010 16:08 )

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Scuba Diving with Geoff Spiby at Triton Dive Lodge 2014 Gallery

Scuba Diving with Geoff Spiby at Triton Dive Lodge 2014 Gallery We had a great weekends diving with award winning photographer Geoff Spiby, his wife Lynn, Georgina Jones and friends from Capetown in February 2014. Despite challenging conditions due to a cyclone in the Mozambique channel Geoff captured some awesome images including schools of slingers, stumpnose bigeyes and snappers on the amazing 6 mile reef.  Nudibranchs gallore including a Djibuti Giant that has made bikini reef his home and the green coral tree on 9 mile reef.  We were rewarded with dolphins and a whale shark to top the weeks diving on Sodwana Bay's incredible reefs.


Diving to see the Coelacanths with Peter Timm and Triton Dive Lodge

Diving to see the Coelacanths with Peter Timm and Triton Dive Lodge The images in this gallery were all taken by Peter whilst diving to 110 metres in Jesser Canyon, Sodwana Bay, South Africa.  This is the only place in the world where you can dive to see a living coelacanth. Just a handful of divers have had the privilege to dive on Jesser Canyon and a few have been lucky enough to be rewarded with coelacanth sightings with the help of Peter Timm.  During March last year Peter diving with The Alternative Dive Group found and photographed coelacanths on a ten day expedition.  The photos were studied by Dr Kerry Sink…


Scuba Diving with top photographer Geoff Spiby in February with Triton Dive Lodge

Scuba Diving with top photographer Geoff Spiby in February with Triton Dive Lodge In February Triton had the privilege of hosting and diving with top (award winning) South African photographer Geoff Spiby,  his wife Lynne and Georgina Jones, an invertebrate expert and passionate Cape-Town based diver. Sodwana Bay really came to the party and the fantastic diving conditions that  couldn’t have been better with day after day of endless viz and zero current. The trip developed as a final component of the Reef Atlas Project led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute and much discussion was devoted to developing new initiatives that divers can contribute to.