Pufferfish

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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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…





Scuba Diving into 2014 with Triton Dive Lodge, Sodwana Bay

Scuba Diving into 2014 with Triton Dive Lodge, Sodwana Bay We really are lucky enough to live in paradise and dive the most amazing reefs every day.  Scuba Diving in Sodwana Bay has never been better we have so many…





Scuba Diving with Triton Dive Lodge in May and June

Scuba Diving with Triton Dive Lodge in May and June Rays, turtles, more turtles, sharks,,,,,  All the big marine animals have come to play!  We have had so many great sightings whilst scuba diving with Triton Dive Lodge in Sodwana…





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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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Other usefull contacts

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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Recommended Alternative Service Provider

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 Info

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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Butterfly Story
Sunday, 15 November 2009 20:30    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

BUTTERFLY STORY
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

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South Africa's Two Oceans
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:17    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

iSimangalisoThere are few places on this blue planet that can match the marine diversity found along the shores of Southern Africa.  Two very different oceanic currents flank the coast of the southern tip of the African Continent. The west coast of Southern Africa is surrounded by the cold Benguela Current and on the east coast the warm Agulhas Currents moves south from the tropics. These two currents create not only two radically different marine environments but also shape the terrestrial ecosystems and the human settlements along the South African coast.

 

 

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Triton Coelacanth Expedition March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012 09:07    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

Single Coelecanth Trimix divers discovered Sodwana’s coelacanths in 2000 and twelve years later, these advanced deep divers continue to document new coelacanths and other exciting finds in the submarine canyons of the iSimanagaliso World Heritage Site. Last week, Triton Dive Charters, a diving concession holder with a special permit to dive below 60 m in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, hosted a very experienced team of mixed gas divers, the Alternative Dive Group. Five canyon dives were undertaken and coelacanths were found on 3 occasions.

 

Read more... [Triton Coelacanth Expedition March 2012] Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:32 )
 
Sea Turtles of South Africa
Monday, 09 May 2011 14:25    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

huge_leatherback_turtleSea Turtles of South Africa

Of the seven sea turtle species, five occur in South African waters. The green turtle, hawksbill and occasionally the olive ridley forage on reefs but only leatherback and loggerhead turtles nest along the northern beaches along the east coast of South Africa. The nesting area completely falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is protected and managed by Ezemvelo KZN-Wildlife. South Africa has the longest continuous turtle monitoring program in the world. It was initiated in the 1963/1964 season. Since then, important research has been conducted that has contributed to the conservation of turtles globally.

 

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South Africa's Coral Reef MPAs
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 11:08    | Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail

South Africa’s coral reefs stretch for approximately 150 km along the northern KZN coast from north of Cape Vidal to the Mozambique border. TheSlingers reefs are separated into 3 groups termed the northern, central and southern complex and are situated in the Maputaland Marine Reserve and St Lucia Marine Reserve. Combined these two marine parks form part of the iSimangoliso Wetland Park, which was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999. Although all of the coral reefs lie within marine protected areas (MPA) they do not have the same levels of protection i.e certain reefs are located within sanctuaries while others are designated multiple-use zones.

Why are MPAs necessary? 

Unless managed sustainably, the uses and users of marine ecosystems can threaten, change and destroy the very processes and resources that they depend on. 

Marine protected areas help protect important habitats and representative samples of marine life and can assist in restoring the productivity of the oceans and avoid further degradation. They are also sites for scientific study and can generate income through tourism and sustainable fishing. MPAs provide a range of benefits for fisheries, local economies and the marine environment. 

South Africa is very fortunate that all of its coral reefs are situated within MPAs. However, there has been limited research conducted on the affects of human activities in the different MPA zones. DoPeacock_Rockcod these activities influence the fish communities and if so, to what extent? 

 

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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.



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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…



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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.  



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