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Added 13 December
Flabellina sp.1 at Ouderkaal
This is the first sighting by SURG of this aeolid nudibranch. Several were found in the same area over a weekend.
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Added 13 December
Atlantic nudibranchs update
With the Cape summer season in full swing dives in the Atlantic are revealing a few unusual and rare species, plus an interesting observation on mating Polycera.
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Added 24 August
Super klipfish preying on bluespotted klipfish.
Andrew Taylor captured this amazing image of a super klipfish with the smaller bluespotted klipfish in its mouth.
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Added 27 July
Loggerhead turtle at Long Beach
The most common of southern Africa's species this sighting is rare, but not all that unusual. For more details click here.
Added 27 July
Ocellate dorid.
This rare dorid species has been seen again at the same location it was seen a year before at Long Beach.
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Added 13 July
Four-colour nudibranchs at Long Beach.
Rarely seen, and even less so in groups, suddenly on a patch of exoposed tubeworms normaly residing inside sandy plains many of these striking nudibranchs have been seen, remaining there for a few weeks.
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Added 22 June
Table Bay nudibranch at Long Beach.
A group of this rare nudibranch was found in shallow water at Long Beach.
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Added 31 May
False killer whale stranding on Long Beach, Kommetjie
On Saturday morning 30 May residents noticed that a pod of false killer whales were beached on Kommetjie's Long Beach. While volunteers and authorities tried valiantly to return the whales back to the sea, the attempt eventually failed.
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Added 9 May
Beach Carnage at Muizenberg
A treknet operation landed a substantial by-catch, which was left on the beach to go to waste...
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Added 23 April
Slender sunfish found washed up on Hout Bay Beach.
This rarely seen sunfish was found washed up, dead, on the beach. It is the smallest of the sunfish.
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Added 23 April, Updated 3 May
Feather nudibranch found at Windmill
This geographically wide-spread, but rare nudibranch, was sighted at Windmill.
Update: another specimen has been found under the jetty at Simon's Town!
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Added 31 March
False jacopever at Star Walls.
This species is not uncommon, but is rarely seen by divers, as it is generally very skittish. After having seen it a few times fleetingly, Guido Zsilavecz finally managed to photograph it.
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Added 1 March
Protea dorid at Oudekraal
Originally discovered at Oudekraal, SURG members finally found it there as well!
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Added 1 March
Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula launched!
On the 25th of February SURG's 3rd title, "A field guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula", by Georgina Jones, was launched at the False Bay Underwater Club. The launch was well attended and included some well-known scientists.
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Added 23 February
Yellow-tipped nudibranch laying eggs
Andrew Taylor photographed this rare species laying its egg ribbon.
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Added 10 January
More Protea dorid colonies found at Pinnacle, Gordon's Bay
In December 2008 Peter Southwood found a second colony of the elusive Protea dorid at Pinnacle. A search in the area to find the same colony failed, but at the pinnacle itself two more smaller colonies were found.
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Added 10 January
Cowled nudibranch at Oudekraal.
These nudibranchs are described as being common in the intertidal zone, but are rarely seen at greated depths. So far regular sightings have only been at nearby Coral Gardens, but this is the first sighting at Oudekraal - at Justin's Caves.
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