Category Archives: AfriOceans

It’s Sardine Run Show Time!

It’s Sardine Run Show Time! I’m here again, watching the greatest underwater show ever witnessed, the sardine run. Every cell in my body is wired – I’m back in the middle of this underwater feeding frenzy, which a sardine baitball, no bigger than a SUV, is creating. Numerous predators leading a chaotic yet organized attack…

Awesome success! Photo & Writing Internship

“This internship was more than I could have ever hoped for, we’ve done so much in a month, it has been and adventure of a lifetime, I’ve grown so much as a person and certainly learned the skills in photography and environmental writing to help me become a conservationist.” Says Charlotte Bond, recent graduate from…

Why I swim with sharks

[doptg id=”18″] Why do I swim with sharks? This is a question the media and people in general ask me all the time. Of course it is a loaded question, the subtext being, how can you swim with man-eaters, don’t you know they might kill you?! So no, I don’t have a death wish, and…

Whale Stranding 24 March 2013

[doptg id=”16″] I am writing this blog article to put on record my opinions of the whale stranding that happened on 24 March 2013 on Noorhoek beach, Cape Town. Though I was quoted in the press and appeared on various national TV news stations, the press is notorious for either misquoting one or using select…

Proposed removal of Shark Nets from Aliwal Shoal in South Africa

Lesley Rochat photography - Dive site shark net

I am writing this blog to give clarity to a misleading post on the Shark Angels website which claimed that the nets would be removed from the Aliwal Shoal, Park Rynie and Scottburgh. There are still many conflicting statements going around so for what it’s worth I herewith share what I have: Early the next…

Rethink the Predator – Bahamas

Divesite Bahamas

It’s been a very eventful and busy few weeks: since our Lottery grant was finalised we have been up to our eyeballs in setting up offices and getting our exciting AfriOceans Warriors programme off the ground, I have given a talk at the Whale of an Equation Conference held at Muizenberg to 500 strong, plus…

South African National Lottery Supports AfriOceans Warriors

South African National Lottery Supports AfriOceans Warriors

I am so delighted to announce that we, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, have been allocated a handsome grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for the AfriOceans Warriors Environmental Education Programme, an exciting 3 year environmental education programme that aims to reach 170 000 learners along our coast! God/ the Universe, has been so…

Students help us make a difference!

AfriOceans Students

Unbeknown to me there are wonderful people helping us make a difference! Recently I received a delightful email with photos from Fazlin Pheiffer informing me that her and some of her classmates from the University of the Western Cape had been helping AfriOceans raise awareness about our work and in particular our shark conservation efforts.