Tag Archives: South Africa

Orcas Acting Strangely, Part 1 — Dissecting Great White Sharks

Along the shore of South Africa, at least four great white sharks have washed ashore with their livers almost surgically removed.  Two were also missing their hearts.  The culprit appears not to be human. All indications seem to suggest that … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale Super-Pods?

Strange and interesting doings in the world of humpback whales. Over the past few years, scientists have observed large numbers of humpback whales feeding together off the southwestern tip of South Africa between St. Helena Bay and Cape Point. While … Continue reading

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Fanning to Shark — “Thanks For Not Eating Me!”

Shark attacks are rare. Shark attacks on live television are virtually unprecedented, which is why the video of an encounter between Australian champion surfer, Mick Fanning, and a large shark in the waters off South Africa caught on live TV spread so rapidly … Continue reading

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The Sardine Run — Gannetts, Sharks, Dolphins & Divers

A remarkable video of gannetts, sharks, dolphins & divers diving on the sardine run on the Agulhas Bank off South Africa. Shark Explorers – Sardine Run 2013 From Scuba Diver Life — Gearing Up For South Africa’s Sardine Run Exactly … Continue reading

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Hannah Whiteley Kiteboarding — Life Simple & Good

An amazing video of Hannah Whiteley kiteboarding in South Africa from Scuttlebutt Sailing News.  Enjoy. Hannah Whiteley ‘Essence’ Hannah Whiteley ‘Essence’ from Hannah Whiteley on Vimeo.

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Inflatable Fishing Boat Survives Attack by Great White off South Africa

An inflatable fishing boat has survived an attack by a 7 meter long great white shark off Strandfontein, South Africa. The fisherman were fishing for smooth hound sharks, which great whites consider to be very tasty. As reported by IOL … Continue reading

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Volvo Ocean Race Off to Rough Start – Two of Six Boats Damaged in First 24 Hours

The six boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race departed from Alicante, Spain yesterday and were immediately battered by rough seas and high winds while still in the Mediterranean.  The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing‘s Azzam lost her mast only six hours and 85 nautical … Continue reading

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MT Phoenix Finally Free from Salt Rocks, Sheffield Beach, South Africa

The MT Phoenix, which has been hard aground and leaking oil on a South African beach, is finally free. This Saturday, two salvage tugs, Smit Amanda and Smit Siyanda, under the direction of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), successfully towed the ship … Continue reading

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Second Leg of the Velux Five Oceans Race Underway

The second leg of the Velux Five Oceans singlehanded around the world race began today with the five  competitors  setting  sail from Cape Town, South Africa bound for Wellington, NZ, a 7,000 mile voyage across the wild Southern Ocean.  Brad Van Liew, … Continue reading

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On the SA Agulhas, All Woman Crew Makes History

The SA Agulhas is South Africa’s ice-strengthened polar research vessel.  The ship recently completed a five day voyage with an all woman crew and on her arrival in Port Elizabeth Harbor was guided into port by a woman harbor pilot.   As part of National … Continue reading

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Video of Breaching Whale Crushing Sailboat off South Africa.

There has been considerable discussion whether the photo of a Southern Right whale breaching and landing on a sailboat off South Africa is real or Photoshopped.  (See the comments on our previous post.)    A video has now emerged which … Continue reading

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Breaching Southern Right Whale Crushes Sailboat

Update:  South African authorities are investigating whether the whale was harassed before breaching. A breaching Southern Right Whale landed on top of a ten meter long sail boat off the coast of South Africa on Sunday.   The remarkable photos below were shot by a passenger … Continue reading

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A Bad Week for Bulk Carriers – Black Rose Sinks, Seli 1 Aground

Last week was a bad week for bulk carriers.   The MV Black Rose, a bulk carrier with a crew of  27 which had loaded 23,847 tons of iron ore,  sank near the port of Paradip on the east coast of … Continue reading

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