It’s only Wednesday and we have already accomplished and learnt so much in the last three days!
Eight trips on board beautiful Slashfin, seeing lots of copper sharks, or bronze whalers, as they are also known, plus seven trips on Dream Catcher, the whale watching and ecotour vessel that offers an amazing Marine Big 5™ experience…busybusy volunteers helping with every aspect of the operations!
The saddest part of the week so far?
Hearing about a great white shark that had been caught by a fisherman and died.
The most enlightening part of the week so far?
Having the unique opportunity to work alongside the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s very knowledgeable marine biologists, participating in the measuring, dissection and sampling of this shark.
The most gross…
Helping to collect a rotting whale skull that has been lying around on a deserted section of coast for months. Thank goodness for washing machines and fresh clothes in the cupboard!
The most amazing…
Seeing the complete skull and vertebral column of a tiny dolphin calf inside the stomach of the great white shark! Sad and exciting all at the same time.
The most exciting…
3-4 m viz and bronzies all around, plus 5 southern right whale cow-calf pairs in the bay!
Besides for the work we also celebrated Chai’s birthday and had a braai (barbeque) outside in the lovely warm summer weather. Only a month to go until Christmas…our sleepy coastal village is filling up with people on vacation and we can feel the holiday spirit in the air!
Meredith Thornton, IMV Manager