I was recently at World Travel Market (WTM) in London . WTM is considered the industry’s top showcase of travel products. Travel continues to outperform other sectors despite uncertain global economic growth, rising geopolitical unrest, volatile oil prices and rising interest rates. Global arrivals exceeded 1.1 billion in 2014, up by 4,3% compared with the previous year with growth for 2015 forecast at 3,7%. Mobile … Continue reading Selfies & millennials.. lets connect in 2016 says WTM
Animals can produce incredibly strong substances – so who makes the toughest? Spider silk, long the strongest known biological material, was recently knocked off the top spot by a material produced by another invertebrate: the common limpet. Limpets use a tooth-coated tongue to rasp algae from rocks. These teeth need to be strong to avoid damage, and indeed are several times stronger than spider silk … Continue reading What’s the strongest material produced by animals?
Remoras, also known as sharksuckers or suckerfish, are famous for their ability to hitch rides on larger fish and marine mammals by means of what looks like a suction cup on top of their heads. But suction is only part of the story. The latest research shows that the cup, which is actually a modified dorsal fin, is lined with tiny barbs that create friction … Continue reading How do remoras stick to their host?
Amongst tidal debris there sometimes appears a thin papery shell, bearing on its white surface a ribbed pattern like that which shore currents impress upon sand. It is the shell of the paper nautilus or Argonaut, an animal distantly related to an octopus and like it , having eight arms. The Argonaut lives on the high seas, in both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The “shell”is … Continue reading The Argonaut or the Paper Nautilus.
Did you know there are fish whose bodies contain antifreeze, like the stuff that keeps a car’s cooling water from freezing? Many kinds of cod-ice fishes, which live near the South Pole, make a kind of antifreeze so that the icy water doesn’t kill them. Here’s how it works. Water turns into ice at what’s called the freezing point, and if you’re in water at … Continue reading Antifreeze Fish
1. Scales vs Blubber : Cetaceans, like whales and dolphins lack the characteristic scales of fish but are equipped with a thick layer of blubber beneath the skin, which fish does not have. As warm blooded mammals they need the blubber to help maintain their body temperature. The body temperature of fish can fluctuate within fairly wide limits without having a detrimental effect. 2. Shape … Continue reading 3 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A FISH AND A WHALE YOU DID NOT THINK ABOUT
Cetaceans divide into two groups in the manner they catch their food using teeth or bristles Most cetaceans have triangular teeth and feed on fish or squid. These include dolphins, porpoise’s narwhals and sperm whales. A number of whales, including most of the largest, feed by filtering crustations and shoaling fish through large plates of bristles called baleen. The baleen whales open their mouths to … Continue reading Teeth or bristles
Early History of the farm Waaygat The land on which the whaling station was established originally formed part of the farm Waaygat. Historically and geographically the whaling station formed and integral part of the history of Betty’s Bay area. Waaygat passed through the hands of several owners from 1824, including Sir Robert Stanford after which a nearby town is named. ln March 1899 the brothers … Continue reading Waaygat whaling station at Stony Point
The South African abalone, Haliotis midae, is one of the largest molluscs on earth, attaining a weight of nearly 2kg and a ripe old age of 20 years. Abalone is shellfish of the univalve family, meaning they have only one shell, unlike bivalves such as clams that consists of 2 shells. Most abalone lives in shallow waters and grows very slowly. The inner shell of … Continue reading Abalone- mollusk we will soon only see on a postcard
The Oyster-catcher ( AFR: Swattobie) is one of those birds that cannot be confused with any of its neighbors, for its brilliant black plumage and red-orange beak, eyes and legs tells you immediately who they are. The first oyster-catcher I ever saw was a baby bird, not long out of its shell, but already able to toddle about. In fact it toddled too far and … Continue reading Cheerful and chirpy Oystercatchers