'Sodwana' means 'Little Paradise On Its Own' in Zulu'
First, I would like to point out that I might be a little biased in my following opinion: Sodwana Bay is one of the best holiday diving destinations in South Africa. It was one of my first dive holidays that I went on and probably one of my all-time favourite places to dive. Continue reading to find out why you should book your tickets to Sodwana ASAP.
Great white sharks are magnificent animals and it is truly an honour to work with them. They are top predators and probably the most studied shark in South African waters to date.
But one of the questions most often asked is: “how many of them are there?” Due to the lack of empirical data, the answer to this question is mostly based on gut feeling, belief and personal opinion. Because of this, authorities often fail to implement conservation measures in time.
Despite international protection, great white sharks face several threats. These include reduction of their food supply, pollution, baited hooks and lethal gill nets used as beach protection measures.
The cryptic nature of white sharks makes them challenging to study. And it is difficult to protect a species we don’t know much about. But new research has now added another piece of the puzzle towards understanding these creatures.
West Coast rock lobster (crayfish or ‘’kreef’’ as they are known locally) grow very slowly and can live to the ripe old age of 50 years or so.
Female rock lobsters carry their orange eggs on tiny hairs beneath their tails (this is when they are “in berry”). After 80 to 90 days, the eggs hatch and produce tiny transparent spider-like larvae (naupliosoma). These larvae moult and become phyllosoma larvae with long, hairy legs.
When you first start diving everything is just wonderful. There is so many new things to learn and places to explore, the world is your oyster (pardon the pun). But like with any new venture, it’s unknown and since you’re still a student in this unchartered environment, you’re probably going to make a few mistakes – or if you’re anything like me, many of them!
Here is a compilation of common mistakes all newbie divers make.
You’ve probably heard the term conservation being thrown around quite a bit by now – unless you’ve been living under a rock – but either way, don’t worry, this is a judgement-free zone. I’ll let you in on a little secret though, until pretty recently I knew next to nothing about conservation myself. I only really started considering the subject when I decided to write this article. So, see this article as a general one about conservation written by someone who is also learning about it as she goes along.