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Added 14 September
Humpback whales in False Bay
On Sunday 12 September a number of humpback whales were seen in False Bay having the proverbial "whale of a time".
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Added 6 September
Southern Right in trouble?
On Saturday 4 September this interesting behaviour of southern rights was observed near Kalk Bay harbour: one whale (the white one), being attended to by another one. The white whale was clearly not in a great state, barely breathing, and occasionally rolling over - while the other whale kept swimming around it, and now and then what seemed like going under it and lifting it somewhat.
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Added 6 September
Smoothskin scorpionfish and red-chested sea cucumber
Smoothskin scorpionfish are often found between red-chested sea cucumbers - but now the sea cucumbers are giving birth, and we find them on the fish!
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Added 5 August
Brittle stars giving birth!
Suprising as it may seem, brittle stars give birth to live young! Through slits on the underside of the body young appear, looking just like small adults.
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Added 8 July
Serpent eel again at Long Beach
In News 2005 SURG received a query regarding this fish, which was seen at Long Beach at night. A few more sightings have happened since then, but unfortunately usually with no camera present. At a recent night dive at Long Beach we had better luck.
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Added 14 June
Ringneck blenny in False Bay
Normally found only Knysna eastwards, this species has now been sighted twice over some time in False Bay.
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Added 27 April
Sock anemone in Port Elizabeth/Algoa Bay
Known from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas, this unusual anemone has now been sighted repeatedly off Port Elizabeth.
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Added 27 April
Population explosion of the shaggy seahare in Sedgefield lagoon.
In October 2008 SURG observed a population explosion of this species in Knysna lagoon - now there is one in nearby Sedgefield.
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Added 5 March
Fireworks nudibranch found again!
This pretty nudibranch was seen first in 2007, and it has taken us until now to find it again!
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Added 5 March
SURG member graces cover of magazine!
Georgina Jones: SURG member, author of "Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula", and now cover girl for Full Circle magazine!
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Added 20 February
Robust ghost pipefish at A-Frame
This is an unusual visitor to our waters - probably courtesy of the warmer waters in the bay at the time. The species has been seen before at Long Beach a few years ago.
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Added 20 February
Juvenile red steenbras at A-Frame
On the Cape Peninsula red steenbras are most often seen at Pyramid rock. Juveniles are generally rare, so seeing not only red steenbras, but juveniles, at A-Frame was unusual.
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Added 25 January
Estuary klipfish in the Klein rivier vlei
Previously known from Bot rivier and Kleinmond estuaries, this unusual klipfish has now also been found in the Klein rivier vlei.
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