Sea Change Project Presents
Stories of the Great African Seaforest
The Sunken Stories and Ancient Wisdom of the Great African Seaforest
When we originally formed SCP it was a way for us to produce the occasional creative project while immersing ourselves in the kelp forests which we named the Great African Seaforest. As a group we realised that by giving our kelp forests a name we were giving it an unique identity and a presence that connected it to the kelp forests of the world, but also distinguished it as a particular ecosystem found on the shores of Southern Africa.
Original Wild Swimmers: Unearthing the Origins of All Human Creation
Some years ago, I was kayaking and swimming along a rugged part of Cape Town’s coast. The sun blazed overhead, the sea frothed against rocks, and behind a stand of kelp, I discovered a cave. Battling against a strong surge, I timed my entry, and crawled into a dark, cool world ripe with the smell of salt and primordial plant life. I ventured further into the cave, and there it was: a full human skeleton lying sprawled on the rock-littered floor.
I am a Seaforest Species
I wrote down “#0101 I am a Seaforest Species”. In retrospect, I think what I did was make a list of the first 100 species, and realised that humans were very absent but need to be a part of the project.
No Animal Should be Mass-farmed
The debate around the proposed octopus farm goes beyond the arguments of sentience. Read our full statement.
One of the best discoveries so far
‘It is always worth it to leave the house and explore in nature.’ Or,
as Dr Jannes Landschoff says – ‘you never regret a dive!’
Rituals are part of our blueprint and although most of them may be subconscious, our days are full of small habitual actions that helps us to make sense of the world and move within it.
Today is the Best Day of My Life
A few weeks ago I was diving with my husband in the seaforest close to our home. The conditions were not ideal for free-diving –
Oceans of Fantasy, Oceans of Reality
When I was a young girl, there was a Boney M song that I loved. The song was called “Oceans of Fantasy”. It spoke of
Listen To The Ocean
The entire underwater sea-scape is a magical world of sound, and it is this sound on which many species depend for their survival.
Cold Water Swimming and Presence
Cold water swimming, free diving, and the effects on mental and physical health.
Whales, Life and Death
Swimming with southern right whales and an exploration into the fine line between life, death and history.
An Otter, the Wild and Coming Change
Befriending a wild otter, nature and wilderness connection during lockdown, and hope for the future of our environment.
Re-searching the Hermit Tanaid
Marine biology and crustacean study with the rediscovery, 60 years after it was first described, of a new crab-like creature – the hermit-tanaid.
Connecting with Sharks
Growing up swimming with sharks, and learning to love these beautiful, majestic marine creatures. What sharks have taught me about myself.
Stepping into Nature’s Matrix
We are nature. Biodiversity can be seen as the immune system of the planet, making its loss our greatest crisis that exacerbates climate change.
My Octopus Teacher and Me
Craig Foster’s wife speaks about the octopus teacher, learning to swim, and eventually free diving herself.
The Making of My Octopus Teacher
The making of Academy Award winning documentary, My Octopus Teacher by Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed & Craig Foster.
A Ghost of a Shark
Rare encounters with a school of elusive smooth-hound sharks, and the over-fishing crisis shark populations are facing.
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
The world of fantasy and adventure experienced in the ocean often belies language.
Breaking down the boundaries between nature and science to allow for deeper nature immersion and better marine biology research.
Easter Egg Hunting In The Great African Seaforest
Swimming through the seaforest tracking down cuttlefish eggs, assessing predatory marks in shells, and ascertaining the species of some strange egg casing.
To Be, or Not To Be, a Landscape Photographer
My plan was to walk through those gorgeous mountain forests taking photographs. Now having abandoned the land I’m trying to take underwater landscape photos of kelp forests.
Song of the Silent Forest
Yo-Yo Ma’s visit to Cape Town as part of the Bach Project, and the performance of our song, Amphibious Soul, with Zolani Mahola at Craig’s house.