Category: Boundless Oceans

  • Leatherback Turtles Breeding Season the Ancient Cycle of Life

    Leatherback Turtles Breeding Season the Ancient Cycle of Life

    November  in iSimangaliso Wetland Park heralds the beginning of one of the most special and awe-inspiring miracles of this world heritage site – the nesting of endangered turtles on the 220km golden shoreline. Annually, between the months of November and March, heralds the start of the leatherback turtles breeding season. In this most ancient cycle […]

  • Discovering South African Marine Turtles

    Discovering South African Marine Turtles

    There are five species of South African marine turtles out of the seven species found worldwide. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park with its pristine beaches comprises one of the last significant laying sites in Africa for loggerheads and leatherbacks. Marine turtles have a heritage going back at least 110 million years, and fall into two main subgroups. We […]

  • Coral Bleaching Threatening Oceans Reefs

    Coral Bleaching Threatening Oceans Reefs

    A coral reef is a delicate living ecosystem made up of a diverse combination of species. As a result of rising global temperatures, coral bleaching is threatening their very existence. It is these diverse species interacting together that create this unique and physical environment. With the sun as its energy source, through photosynthesis light energy is converted […]

  • Marine Research at iSimangaliso

    Marine Research at iSimangaliso

    An international research collaboration under the auspices of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is underway to build the knowledge base on caelocanths and marine ecosystems.

  • Goblin Sharks

    Mitsukurina owstoni, or Goblin Shark, is the only remaining representative of the Mitsukurinidae family of sharks, that originated at least 125 million years ago, and often referred to as living fossils.The Goblin shark has only been encountered a few times and very little is known about it. What is known is that it is a slow moving […]

  • Changing Reefs

    Changing Reefs

    Video Source: Catlinseaviewsurvey

  • Saving Whales With DNA

    Saving Whales With DNA

    Earthtrust’s Saving Whales With DNA Project is a cutting-edge strategy for ending the global black market in whale meat through the use of DNA analysis. DNA technology is currently revolutionizing many fields and it is poised to have a huge impact on the illegal trade in endangered and protected species of whales. DNA analysis is the only practical […]

  • Sweetlips

    One of the best known mutualist relationships (a relationship that is beneficial for both parties involved) is that of the cleaner wrasse and the larger fish or rays on the reef. The cleaner wrasse, in this image the smaller fish (a Bluestreak cleaner wrasse), spends its time at a ‘cleaning station’ on the reef. This […]

  • Coral Reef at Night

    Scuba divers know that the ocean after dark is a wondrous and entirely different place than under the warm rays of the sun. Many animals hide during daylight hours and come out only at night to feed and hunt. The basic structure of many reefs is the build-up of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Looking […]

  • Live Whale Songs From Hawaii

    The gurgles, whistles, and squeaks of humpback whales singing off Hawaii’s island shores can now be heard live, courtesy of underwater microphones placed near Puako, Hawaii by the Jupiter Research Foundation. – Wired Science It is thought that male humpbacks will sing for hours to attract their mates. Their day-long songs consist of “repeating low-frequency notes and […]