The oceans of the world are remarkably under-explored, but this situation is changing as undulating sea gliders are starting to be deployed that can be guided on their journey within the ocean, whilst collecting measurements and transmitting the results back to home base.
Sea gliders were gathering information on underwater conditions whilst Superstorm Sandy struck the coast of New England. Not all of them survived the experience, but the knowledge gained will be used in helping future hurricane predictions.
In 1805, the English East Indiaman, the Brunswick, was captured by the French off Port du Galle, Ceylon and brought across the Indian Ocean as a prize to Simon’s Town, then in Dutch and French hands. On 2 September, the anchor cables parted under a south-east gale and the ship ran aground in 10 metres of water on the west side of Simon’s Bay (near to where the Redhill Road meets the coast). Its cargo of sandalwood was recovered and sold, and the wreck was then left to the mercy of the sea.
Clare and Tony Lindeque run a scuba diving school and boat charter (Learn to Dive) from their home in Sun Valley.
The amazing account below, of an encounter with a great white shark, was shared extensively on Facebook, and we are thrilled to give you more background into the story.
Thank you for the info Clare Lindeque !
“On Saturday the 14th September; a group of four Russian tourists (all very experienced divers) and two local divers were on Tony’s boat for some dives. Their second dive was at the Clan Stuart dive site, which is usually done as a shore entry across the beach but because of the large swell on Saturday they dived from the boat.
Seconds into the dive a great white shark appeared from further down the wreck and circled the divers twice before swimming off. One of the Russian divers, Vladislav Tomshinskiy, had the great presence of mind to film the shark as it swam past the second time.
False Bay Yacht Club will be the venue for this year’s Ocean Clean-up Dives.
Plastics SA will be their main partner and sponsors like Pick n Pay and Reef are already lined up for some goodies and refreshments.
False Bay Yacht Club – Simon’s Town
Where: False bay Yacht Club parking area, Simon’s Town When: Saturday 21st September 2013 from 08h00-11h00.
Registration from 08h00-08h30.
08h45-09h00 : Divers will enter the water for a maximum of one hour clean-up dive, and out of water by 10h30 at the latest.
Hang around when you come out of the water, as prize giving is at 11h00.
Please register beforehand and email your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “2013 clean-up” as a subject.
OMSAC & FBUC will be joining forces. OMSAC contact will be Carel van der Colff and FBUC Lindy-Lou Love.
Are you a diver and want to take part in this year’s International Ocean Clean-up day? Please continue reading and help Simon’s Town Marina to keep their Blue Flag status.
False Bay Yacht Club will be the venue for this year’s Ocean Clean-up Dives. Plastics SA will be their main partner and sponsors like Pick n Pay and Reef are already lined up for some goodies and refreshments.