SO, HOW CAN YOU HELP US HELP THE WHALES?
GO WHALE WATCHING -
Increasing our knowledge and understanding of these extraordinary marine mammals’ biology and population structure, through the photographs you send us, will help to improve the accuracy of the data used in assessments of the population recovery and future conservation of these species.
BECOME INFORMED -
Become informed about the legislation surrounding whales (see Marine Code of Conduct).
REPORT STRANDED ANIMALS
Any marine animal may be regarded as “stranded” if it is out of its element and is unable to return to its natural habitat under its own power or without assistance. The development of a set of procedures for the response to an animal's stranding is critical in order to facilitate:
a) timeous assistance for animals in distress,
c) morphometric measurements as well as tissue samples if animals are dead/euthanised.
d) Disposal of carcasses.
In KZN, stranded animals include whales, dolphins, seals, whale sharks, penguins and various other seabirds such as gannets and cormorants. There is no single known reason why animals strand. They may be injured, sick or confused by the magnetic fields of the earth, or beach themselves through not realising how close they are to the shore and getting stuck on the sand/rocks.
AN APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC:
If you find a stranded animal on the beach, please contact one of the following KZN Stranding Network members:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
083 380 6298
(24 hr hotline)
uShaka Sea World
031 328 8222(o/h) or 031 328 8060
(a/h, weekends & public holidays)
GET INVOLVED WITH VARIOUS MARINE CONSERVATION EFFORTS, SUCH AS:
THE SOURCE TO SEA PROGRAMME
This programme aims to protect and restore marine habitats and reduce negative impacts on marine and coastal habitats among other things.
Sea Shepherds South Africa (who have a base in Durban) are dedicated to marine conservation.