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The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, located along the coastline of northern KwaZulu-Natal, hosts South Africa’s only subtropical coral reef system. Episodic upwelling events are observed inshore and at the heads of Diepgat, Leadsman and Leven canyons within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and may...
Photo-identification data for southern right whale cow–calf pairs on the South African calving grounds provide one of the longest abundance time-series for any whale population worldwide. Following a very steady increase from a heavily depleted state, surveys since 2015 reflect many notably low...
The Magellan mussel Aulacomya atra is a bivalve mollusc found along parts of the South African and Namibian coastline. Its numbers were low historically compared with other indigenous species but have decreased further since the 1970s owing to habitat invasion by Mediterranean mussels Mytilus...
Shore-based surveys of humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae were performed from Cape Vidal, on the east coast of South Africa (iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area, Indian Ocean), from two independent platforms between 27 June and 7 August in 2018 and 2019, to estimate the relative abundance and...
First-time observations of courtship behaviour of the Endangered shortfin devil ray Mobula kuhlii are described from the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area (MPA), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Three events of M. kuhlii courtship, called ‘mating trains’, were recorded on video during the months of...
The African penguin Spheniscus demersus, endemic to the coast of southern Africa, has suffered anthropogenic-driven population declines since 1900 and is now listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Conservation efforts currently underway are informed by the species’ adaptive response with...
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