Archive for May, 2009

Weekly Shark Update 26/05/2009

May 26, 2009

Participation In Oil-Stricken Penguin Release

On Thursday the 21st of May, White Shark Ecoventures directors and staff proudly participated in the release of 48 oil-striken penguins from Luderitz, Namibia. White Shark Ecoventures directors also contributed towards the rescue and transportation of the birds from Luderitz to SANCCOB rehabilitation centre in Cape Town. It has been an overwhelming privilege to be part of this heart-warming experience and we wish to congratulate SANCCOB and their staff with yet another successfull rehabilitation program.

Article in Newspaper “Die Burger” 22 May 2009;

Approximately 48 rehabilitated penguins from Namibia has been released by SANCCOB yesterday, at Bloubergstrand. From here, the penguins will swim back to their home in Namibian waters. These penguins were rescued a few weeks ago along the Namibian coast-line, after they were found covered in oil. They were then transported to South Africa for rehabilitation and it is the first time that Namibia and South Africa worked together on a penguin rescue project.











Weekly Shark Update 18/05/2009

May 18, 2009

Save Our Seas Foundation
M-SEA PROGRAMME (Maxine, Science, Education and Awareness)

Is an exciting shark conservation programme focused on the satellite tagging and releasing of captive ragged tooth sharks held at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as the tagging of wild ragged tooth sharks. For more info, click onto;

Ragged Tooth Shark

Ragged Tooth Shark

Lesley, a raggedtooth shark, named after me, who was caught on the 15 March 2006 and satellite tagged and released, was recently re-captured. She was one of many sharks tagged as part of the Save Our Seas Foundation M-Sea Programme, a unique shark conservation programme initiated by AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA), in collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium, sponsored by the Save Our Seas Foundation.

Normally after the satellite tag has released and surfaced, which it is programmed to do after 4 months, providing data of the animals movements, the chances of hearing from it again is very slim. The sharks are also wearing ultrasonic tags, but the signal of these will only be detected if the shark passes within 300m of a base station positioned on the ocean floor. But Lesley is back, she was caught by an angler in Struisbaai who removed her spaghetti tag, a small tag with a unique number, and reported the details.

The last time we heard from her was when her satellite tag surfaced and provided the information that she had travelled 970km in 120 days from her date of capture. Since then Lesley had grown just over 17cm and gained about 35 kg. Lesley was caught the same day Dee was released from the Two Oceans Aquarium after 14 years in captivity. She travelled 700km in 118 days.

Till later, Lesley Rochat
Founder, AOCA

Weekly Shark Update 01/05/2009

May 1, 2009

South African Shark Conservancy

Using sharks as an icon SASC raises awareness about South Africa’s marine resources and broader resource issues, promoting understanding, support and participation in the protection, sustainable utilisation and conservation of South Africa’s living marine resources. SASC research programmes are concerned with the sustainable utilisation of marine resources in South Africa and on a global scale. Their aim is to develop realistic initiatives to address exploitation, thereby contributing to long-term conservation and management goals. Research is primarily driven by understanding the role of apex predators, particularly elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays), in the marine environment

SASC funded by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and the Project Aware Foundation, is implementing an ecosystem-based study on commercially exploited shark species in the Western Cape Region, South Africa.

Below an extract of the research they are currently involved with;

“Today, it seems as though much elasmobranch research is focused on species like great white, tiger, and whale sharks. And for good reason: sharks like these are known as “charismatic megafauna”. That is, they are animals with widespread – seemingly boundless – popular appeal. This makes them, as well as their species-specific conservation concerns, increasingly tangible not only to the media, but also to the general public. This is exactly the kind of publicity sharks need in the face of ever-declining populations.

But it must not be forgotten that hundreds of other shark, skate and ray species exist which are equally susceptible to over-exploitation, habitat degradation and environmental change. These are the species that are targeted or taken as bycatch in multiple fisheries and those which occupy unique niches and roles in their environment.

To address these gaps in our knowledge, SASC endeavors to work with governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions, as well as fishers throughout South Africa and abroad to achieve the development of long-term, sustainable fisheries management goals”.

If you would like to learn more about our research or wish to get involved in this great cause, contact Meaghen McCord or visit their website :

Zambezi Shark

Following the discovery of the world’s largest Zambezi shark in the Breede River, South Africa, SASC will continue to examine the role of these predators in this important estuarine system.