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Two cetacean strandings this past weekend – striped dolphin at Chintsa bay and a humpback whale at Cebe (Wild Coast)

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Warm winter weather – ideal for hiking the Strandloper Trail

The past number of weeks have produced some fine sunny and sometimes hot weather (berg winds). May, June and July are great months to get out along the coast north of East London and to do the 4 night, 5 … Continue reading

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The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve delights as usual ….

This gem of a reserve accessible from Beacon Bay provided an avifaunal and mammal treat this past weekend. The warm winter weather (hot in fact, around 27 C) had lots of birds and at least 7 individual blue duiker drink … Continue reading

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A note of thanks from young Seth

Last week I had the privilege of interacting with young 7 year old Seth at the museum. His interest in the natural world was encouraging and I was taken by his enthusiasm during our gallery tour. As much as a … Continue reading

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Live male humpback stranding 29 June 2019

On the 20 May 2019 a live 9.5 m female humpback whale beached near Hickmans River (East London). The animal died overnight and this second report of a humpback was approximately 5 km’s east of this standing this past weekend. … Continue reading

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A budding scientist Akhanani dons his white coat

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Hawksbill turtle record, Gonubie (East London) SA

A Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was reported yesterday having washed up at Gonubie. It was retrieved today by the museum and a partial necropsy undertaken to determine whether there was any ingestion of marine debris – the result was negative. … Continue reading

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