28 June, 2019 28 June, 2019

Corona X Parley – Gansbaai ft. Marine Dynamics


Before cramming, cameras, tripods and bags swollen and rank with dirty laundry into the car, Frank Solomon and the crew headed for an aqua reprieve. Smuggling out a longboard, Frank scored a free surf lesson from natures top shredders, dolphin. Circling him, the streamlined water mammals guided Frank into one of the most beautiful highlights of the trip as he worked his big toe on the nose of a retro single fin log. 

The sound of waves and yeeews, were quickly drowned out by the tours chief whip, Mascha AKA tic-toc, reminding us we still had a job to do. Drip drying our way up the dirt road to the Caravel, whilst smashing leftover veggie pizza in our faces, the team said goodbye to Wilderness, welcoming the N2 en route to Gansbaai. Although we were headed toward the great white capital of the world, it wasn’t sharks we were after, we were looking for something much bigger, we were after whales.

In Gansbaai, Frank met up with Alison Towner a world-renowned marine biologist and white shark scientist from Marine Dynamics. Alison graduated from UK’S Bangor University in 2006 with a BSc Hons degree in Marine biology. After working in the Red Sea and Greek Islands as a PADI instructor, she joined the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, South Africa, in January 2007 and has remained on site ever since!  Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The area is known as a hotspot for great whites and is rated the best place in the world to interact with the misunderstood toothy beaut.    

Historically marine conservation has been largely neglected, creating a void of peer-reviewed and scientifically approved information. This has created a niche were new exciting and ongoing research aims to find out more about marine species and the ecosystems in which they live. And this is exactly what Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Conservation Trust aim to do! Every trip on either their shark diving or whale watching boat is a flippen adventure as well as an exciting crash-course in marine biology. All in all, they strive to educate the masses about the trends, traits and troubles of the endangered great white shark and all the other equally amazing marine creatures. 

Alison gives Frank a little background into Marine Dynamics and the Southern Right Whale

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