by Don Pinnock
The Morality of Octopus Hunting in False Bay
Are we taking an environmental risk for Japanese sushi? This is a story about a filmmaker, a fisherman, certain government officials and one of the most intelligent animals on Earth.
by Helen Swingler
New shrimp species has unique association with octopus
A tiny 5.5 km stretch of coastline along Miller’s Point in False Bay is yielding a rich trove of previously undescribed shrimp species, one of which (Heteromysis octopodis) enjoys a unique coexistence with an octopus (Octopus vulgaris) − the first known symbiotic relationship between a shrimp and a cephalopod.
Sawubona Wellness, SAA Inflight Magazine, November 2016
by Paul Steyn
The Wonder of Cold Water Swimming Craig Foster is an amphibian. He spends more time in the kelp forests around Cape Town than most fur seals. Every day of his life, rain or shine, he enters the chilly waters near his house on theCape Peninsula to study and record the marine creatures along its shore. Anthropology filmmaker and co-founder of Sea-Change, a non-profit multi-media foundation, Foster believes that being cold was a regular part of the lives of our early Stone Age ancestors and that, over time, we’ve evolved mental and physiological adaptations to these extreme environments. A wetsuit, he says, disrupts the body’s natural coping mechanism in the water.
by Anton Crone
A Groundbreaking New Project Redefines Our Notion Of Wilderness
Never Before Seen. Aided by his heightened senses, and the frequency with which he explores the water near his home, Craig started noticing creatures that aren’t recorded in guidebooks. He reached out to Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths to help identify them.
Griffiths headed up the marine biology team at the University of Cape Town for 25 years, and is one of the authors of Two Oceans, A Guide to Marine Life of Southern Africa. ‘Craig has a particular style of photography, and he’s photographed some remarkable things,’ says Griffiths. ‘What Craig does is valuable because he lives on the shore and dives in the same places so often. For example, if Craig sees a snail laying a group of eggs, and goes back every day to observe and document it, we can learn an extraordinary amount from it. As scientists we don’t often have the time and resources to do that.’
by Travers Andrews
South African Sea Point Promenade exhibit gains popularity
The project has taken the art work out of the museum and placed it near the sea. Oceans have been a world below that most people can only dream of exploring, an oasis that can only be experienced underwater. Unlike museums and exhibitions that try to convey the creative expression of the work within the confines of 4 halls, the sea change exhibit has a three dimensional feel with just one wall, giving visitors a visceral feel of the art.”
BRITISH AIRWAYS – High Life Magazine, December 2014
Ocean conservationist Ross Frylinck: ‘The sun was low, the forest lit up and everything was radiant. Fish, sponges and anemones shone like living gems. I felt like an oceanaut floating through an alien world.’ For years the two (Ross and Craig) have been swimming the Cape’s kelp forests while documenting their watery encounters; the result: Sea-Change, a multi-media project aimed at telling ‘the story of humanity’s originson SA’s coast’ and promoting marine heritage.
by Megan King
Modern Day Explorers – Spirit Of Adventure
You may have noticed the Sea Change exhibition currently on display at the Sea Point promenade. The exhibition comes as a breath of fresh sea air. The thoughtful project aims to tell the story of the birth of humanity, and the ancient relationship we all have with the ocean. It’s a call to preserve our unique marine and human heritage by exploring the underwater world of Cape Town’s kelp forests and trying to re-encounter with nature in the same way our ancestors did.