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Historical wooden shipwreck material revealed after a storm surge event along the east coast (East London, South Africa).

The East London Museum has been documenting storm surge events for the past two decades at site localities both east and west of the city. The rich maritime history of the area is sometimes revealed after these events when the … Continue reading

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One of the largest humpback whales to strand in recent years washes out at Marshstrand (Haga-Haga)

Last Sunday morning (16 August 2020) the museum was alerted by a number of residents of Marshstrand and Haga-Haga that a large whale had come ashore on the rocks east of the bathing beach. This alert came after the museum … Continue reading

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Could the shipwreck site of the 1643 Santa Maria Madre de Deus have been found?

The museum has records of shipwreck material being reported from Bonza Bay, East London. A small Portuguese vessel (naveta) was believed to have sunk in the area in 1643 while on a homeward bound journey from Goa in the east. … Continue reading

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Neonate humpback whale stranding at Kei Mouth

A very bloated baby female humpback whale was investigated today at Kei Mouth. Information received from a local resident, Monica Maroun, indicated that the animal was seen at least 10 days ago. This is the first whale stranding for the … Continue reading

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Unusual sighting of a group of bushbuck grazing in a coastal nature reserve

The lockdown period has given some of the natural flora and fauna a reprieve from constant human disturbance. In this regard reports have been sent through to the museum of a number of unusual sightings. Below is a photograph of … Continue reading

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Rare pale coloured humpback whale calf sighting at Wavecrest, Wild Coast

A very rare marine mammal record for South African waters was filmed off the Wild Coast at Wavecrest by Sean Pike on Sunday 19 July 2020. Using a drone approximately 1.5 km offshore from the Nxaxo River mouth clear visuals … Continue reading

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Shark Awareness Day 14 July 2020

Although the shark finning industry is well known as contributing to the demise of shark species an even bigger threat is emerging – recreational fishermen targeting sharks and rays. Research published in 2014 estimated about 900 000 tons of fish … Continue reading

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Subantarctic fur seal record from Gulu, South Africa

An unusual siting was noted of a vagrant Subantarctic fur seal which has travelled hundreds of kilometres (if not thousands – depending from which island in the southern ocean it originated from) to be on our shores. It was reported … Continue reading

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Umtiza update – Daily Dispatch 1 July 2020

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Sad destruction of the Umtiza Forest, East London

Some cities are blessed more than others with a lot of natural capital. In this instance East London has a jewel of indigenous scarp forest called the Umtiza after a very special and endemic tree called the Umtiza listeriana. Found … Continue reading

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