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 of life, turtles return with almost magical accuracy to the very same beach where they […]

China Request Endangered Orcas and Dolphins for Export – A Chinese owned company in Namibia has submitted a proposal to the Namibian Fisheries Ministry, requesting permission to capture and export marine animals to China ostensibly for breeding purposes. According to The Namibian, Welwitschia Aquatic and Wildlife Scientific Research have submitted a request to export 10 orca (killer whales), 500 to 1000 Cape fur seals, 300 to 500 African penguins, 50 to […]

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 have the unique family Dermochelyidae, which consists of a singe soft-shelled species, the leatherback. The […]

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.