Technology – once used to hunt whales – is playing an ever-increasing role in marine conservation, also promoting less invasive forms of research into whale behaviour and associated tourism activities. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report Continue reading “New tech helps with whale research projects”
Several hundred people turned out for Durban’s first Welcoming the Whales Festival at the Bluff over the weekend. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report Continue reading “Welcoming the whales”
In celebrating World Ocean Day this week, Durban South Tourism, Sodurba, launched its whaling history tours in association with various stakeholders, including Wildlands’ WhaleTime project which engages the public in monitoring the migration of the marine mammal along the KZN coast from June to December each year. Continue reading “Sights set on Durban becoming a Whale Heritage Site”
Winter (June – November) is peak-time for whale watching in KZN when southern right whales and humpbacks migrate from Antarctica to Mozambique to breed. Continue reading “Whale route launched”
This is an amazing account of the integral link between whales and the air we breathe, writes Roving Reporters Ocean Watch ambassador, Diony Lalieu. Please watch and share . . . Continue reading “Vital role of whales”
As a hip hop enthusiast, environmental journalism is not Zamo Phungula’s first calling, but a recent visit to Port Natal Maritime Museum certainly struck a chord, inspiring her first Ocean Watch blog.
Continue reading “Whales strike a deeply resonant chord with the past”
As part of our Ocean Watch training programme, Roving Reporters provides links to latest research and interesting news related to whale populations.
Continue reading “WhaleTime readings”
Chance for city to join an international whale tourism route
With the 4th World Whale Congress being hosted in Durban in June this year, whale-based tourism in KwaZulu-Natal is likely to get a giant boost. Continue reading “World Whale Congress planned for Durban”
When 27-year-old Nondumiso Chili and four colleagues from Umlazi enrolled for training as whale tourism guides, they got teased and ridiculed in the township. Continue reading “The Whale Time Girls”
Roving Reporter, Zamo Phungula, recently set out to profile five Umlazi WhaleTime guides who, until recently, had never boarded a boat. Her brief was to uncover secrets of Durban’s whaling past, and learn how this blubbery, blood-soaked industry of the past could be turned into a signature eco-tourism enterprise for KwaZulu-Natal.
Continue reading “Uncovering secrets of Durban’s whaling past”