We started to swim in the kelp forests like we used to when we were children growing up by the sea. Craig had learnt to track from the greatest masters on earth, the Kalahari San. Applying these techniques he taught his friends to play the tracking game underwater, and they can now track many species along the forest floor.
“When you track an animal – you must become the animal. Tracking is like dancing, because your body is happy – you can feel it in the dance and then you know that the hunting will be good. When you are doing these things you are talking with God.” !Nqate
A) A mollusc, turbo cidaris, walked across the head of this striped catshark. It left a slime trail that trapped tiny particles of swirling sand. This shows us that the catshark has been lying very still for many hours in its day-time den.
B) Pink-lipped top shells leave their slime trails on a rock, which later collect the sand. These are the first underwater tracks we noticed. This was the beginning of the study of underwater tracking.
C) Camouflaged fish like this cape sole that live in the sand, leave very subtle tracks that allow one to discover their habitats.