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placeholder image COVID-19: Echoes of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

Corona virus reminds us of earlier pandemics such as the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1920.

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Crab-eater seals released into deep water image Crab-eater seals released into deep water

Two crab eater seals, that washed up independently of each other, coincidentally on the same day, have been released south of the continental shelf in deep water, by a team from Bayworld in Port Elizabeth.

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The lone crooner revealing deep secrets about South Africa’s sea image The lone crooner revealing deep secrets about South Africa’s sea

Like humans, orcas learn behaviours and vocalisations – an individual killer whale effectively learns its dialect and accent from other killer whales in the region.

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Entangled ocean giant washes up at Willows image Entangled ocean giant washes up at Willows

One of the mightiest predators of the seas washed up on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth this week, once again flagging the threat of mismanaged waste and marine debris.

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placeholder image Bayworld opens its doors to the public

We at Bayworld are pleased to announce that as of the 5th of October 2020 we opened our doors to the public. It has indeed been a long and testing journey as we had to put the health and safety of our clients, our employees and stakeholders first.

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Monday Men: Greg Hofmeyr image Monday Men: Greg Hofmeyr

Family hikes and visits to game reserves instilled in me a keen interest in the natural world at an early age. This led to a BSc and BSc hons in Zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand. This was followed by the first of three year-long expeditions to Marion Island.

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placeholder image Aloha Algoa

Thwack! Thwack! We’re inundated by a huge school of dolphins feeding in the waters around St Croix Island. Their soft whistles and grunts of satisfaction fill the air, but every now and then one will thump the water with its tail. Thwack!’

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Rare leopard seal carcass found on Cape Recife beach image Rare leopard seal carcass found on Cape Recife beach

The carcass of a leopard seal was found on the shores of Cape Recife beach last week — only the ninth recorded sighting of the species in SA since  1946. The last one was found in 2019 in Milnerton near Cape Town.

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Eastern Cape researchers discover new snake species image Eastern Cape researchers discover new snake species

A research team from Rhodes University and the Port Elizabeth Museum has discovered a new species and genus of snake, and have named them in honour of two reptile scientists (herpetologists) from the Eastern Cape.

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Then and now: Bayworld researcher compares coronavirus with Spanish flu image Then and now: Bayworld researcher compares coronavirus with Spanish flu

Bayworld Museum Complex history researcher Lindinxiwa Mahlasela has compared the coronavirus with the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, which was the single most devastating episode in SA’s demographic history.

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