Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Shark Park survives the bad weather but KZN beaches washing away again!

The Shark Park team persevered through the bad weather predicitions of the weekend. The visibility was 6m-8m and temperature a chilly 20 celsius. We had one tiger who hung aroud for a bit and about 20 Blacktips.

This was all for a SharkLife course with Wetstuff Scuba from Johannesburg. Sharklife's work can be seen at www.sharklife.co.za .

The big swells that have pounded the coast have once again taken their toll on the Rocky Bay launch site and the site is closed until some sand comes back into te bay. This normally takes a day or two.

The team have continued with some valuable scientific work by assisting the Oceanographers from Marine and Coastal Management to deploy a current meter on the Sappi Pipeline. Today we have launched from the Umkomaas River mouth to assist one of South Africa's foremost marine scientists - Dr. Allan Connel - to collect egg samples from the water column. This is work that Allan has been doing for the last 19 years. We are also taking the first steps to recover the listening stations for the tiger project.

The big news of the moment is that one of the satellite tags has popped off and we are just awaiting te download information. We are not sure at this stage which of the two girls it came off but as soon as we know I will update.

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