Join us for one of our, fun, informative low tide rocky shore walks at Chaka's Rock Beach, one of our favourite spots for finding cool critters.

We think every day should be Oceans Day. Such a special place that gives us so much, think of all the great times you have had at the beach, it cost you nothing and gives you memories you'll never forget, right? But with so many problems, over fishing, coral bleaching, ocean trash, the sheer vastness of the oceans, it sometimes seems rather daunting. When you feel like that, just remember that famous Edmund Burke quote: "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." - So here are some ideas, things you can do today (and hopefully everyday) to make a difference ....and info on our exciting, newly born project "Take Ten"

It's not every day you get to do some underwater bird watching. On a recent snorkel trip we were lucky enough to catch some footage of a pair of White-breasted Cormorants hunting alongside us, what a cool experience. The video is not great quality ....but cool to see nonetheless. The kind of fishing we approve of :) 

This pretty cool video clip of a Frogfish practically eating a Sole in one gulp was recently shared with us ....impressive hunting, sure, BUT what was even more amazing was the speed at which the Brittle Star (A member of the starfish family) who found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time was able to move and get out of there. Look closely at the Sole's back at around 1 minute 30 seconds in. Who would have thought Brittle Stars could move that fast 

rc plane crash

So you're happily flying your radio controlled airplane over some incredible looking reef (in Osprey Bay, Western Australia) and you crash your expensive toy into the ocean .....not an ideal scenario until you see the amazing underwater footage the camera on the plane captured while bobbing around in the ocean. A) An incredible looking reef, we want to go and B) note the sheer volume of fish life .....we like this. Check the footage in the YouTube clip below

If you want to avoid dreadful summer tan lines like these, you're almost certainly going to need to make use of some sort of sunscreen (unless you intend spending the summer being a computer programmer) - Last week, we came across some research which linked sunscreen to serious damage to coral reefs around the world. At first glance we thought, hmm, surely there can't be enough volume of sunscreen to really impact much, but then we done the math. 

Nature deficit disorder refers to the phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems. We have always maintained that snorkeling is a lot more than just pretty fish and cool critters. In general, most folks who come snorkeling with Tidal Tao all wax lyrical about the sense of calm, the escapism and what a relaxing experience snorkeling is ....with cool, colurful critters being a bonus. This time spent in nature is really important, especially for children. This great little video clip / spoof advert sums it up perfectly. 

We often get asked for advice on buying underwater cameras and tips on getting great underwater photos. We are not vaguely experts ourselves but there are some handy tricks to remember when snapping a shot underwater. This article focuses on simple tips for basic users using compact digital cameras with built in flash...nothing complicated :) 

This week South Africa celebrates National Marine Week. According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, It is a week about creating awareness around the marine and coastal environment, the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of these resources, for the benefit of all both present and future generations. But this, sadly, is essentially just jargon we spew out, fact is, the ocean is alive with life, it's not a resource, we are not on a path of sustainable use, we really have little to celebrate. Just last week a new report by the World Wildlife Fund found that fish stocks in our oceans were down by 50% of the levels they were just 45 years ago. 

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bluebottles 

The dreaded Bluebottle, also known as a Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis) or in some countries aptly named "floating terror" ....we often see these guys washed up on the beach during periods of heavy north east winds in summer and for the most part, a bathers worst nightmare. But Bluebottles, despite their nasty sting are rather fascinating creatures.

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