On Friday the 13th of January 2006, we returned from Cape Town in the late afternoon after picking up Clova from the airport. Clova returned from Scotland to assist Andy on his first National Geographic shoot. Andy is now working for National Geographic, and he has been working non-stop for the past few weeks scouting out the upcoming second season of Hunter and Hunted...
The first episode will feature Baboons... but anyway, when we got back to Gansbaai that Friday, we launched Lamnidae to get some interview footage of Michael for our friend Osvaldo Ballabio who is doing a documentary on White Shark research in South Africa. We were going to dive with the Seals in Shark Alley, but the visibility was unfortunately terrible...
On Sunday the 15th of January 2006, we, Michael, Andy and Clova, went to the beach in Uilenkraalsmond with the dogs, and met with our neighbours, Lance and Jean, Osvaldo. Ed Farrell, also one of our assistants in November and December 2005, also visited Gansbaai along with his girlfriend and another couple friend. Fun tim at the beach and in the surf!
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Great White Shark

Africa Geographic Poster - Shark Detectives

Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak

Following the impact of the image depicting a researcher in a Kayak with a Great White Shark in the article ‘Shark Detectives - Investigating Great Whites’ in the September 2005 issue of Africa Geographic, the author of the photograph, Thomas P. Peschak, and the magazine, Africa Geographic, have created this beautiful poster (840 x 594 mm on glossy paper), another example of peaceful White Shark and Human interaction.
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Currents of Contrast

Life in southern Africa's two oceans

Author and principal photographer: Thomas P. Peschak

Southern Africa’s coast is the meeting place of two ocean giants – the Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and the Agulhas of the Indian Ocean. They clash fiercely into the continent’s southern tip, dividing the region into two contrasting marine ecosystems that rank among the richest, most biologically diverse and oceanographically complex on the planet. The waters of the west coast are fed by the Benguela, a cold current that accounts for the enormous volume of marine life found here, while those of the east coast – warmed by the Agulhas current – are noted for their huge variety of life forms. Currents of Contrast – Life in Southern Africa’s Two Oceans first introduces the realm of the Benguela, where you will encounter the ocean’s ultimate predator, the great white shark. Here, the nutrient rich waters wash over rocky reefs, and vast kelp forests thrive, providing food for diverse animals and plants, among them Cape clawless otters. In the realm of the Agulhas, you can explore the Knysna estuary and its most charismatic inhabitant, the Knysna seahorse. Follow the sardine run on the east coast and witness the suite of predators that feasts on this silver cornucopia.

Currents of Contrast (hard cover binding, 300mm x 270mm and 200 pages) is accessible, informative and entertaining, providing the detail and substance that will reward the serious naturalist. Photographs appearing in this book were taken specifically for the publication and many feature behaviour never seen or photographed before.

About the Author - Thomas Peschak

Thomas P. Peschak is a marine biologist at the University of Cape Town’s Marine Biology Research Institute. He leads ongoing research into abalone poaching, kelp forest ecology, Cape Clawless Otters and the entho-marine biology knowledge of traditional cultures.

He is an experienced field biologist and research diver and has worked in Africa, Central America, the Middle East and in the South Pacific. Thomas is an award winning natural history photographer and writer specializing in underwater and marine wildlife subject across Africa. He is a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine and to Africa Geographic.

Media Reviews

African Wildlife (Prof. Charles Griffiths)

"In short, this is a magnificent and inspirational addition to the literature on marine life in the region and a worthy successor to the classic and recently out of print Living shores of southern Africa. I strongly recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in South African marine life."

Divestyle magazine (by Fiona McIntosh)

"Currents of Contrast is a truly magnificent work of art. This glossy-covered, hardback coffee table book is one of the most stimulating and visually attractive I’ve ever seen. Buy it. You’ll spend hours pouring over it and will return again and again to find enlightenment in its pages."

Mercury (Billy Suter)

"This is a very impressive coffee table book, offering a comprehensive look at life in Southern Africa's two oceans."

Endangered Wildlife

"This book is highly recommended, and it will convert many readers into avid marine conservationists."

Fishing Industry News

"It makes an immediate impact, the striking cover invites the reader to open the book, and to be lost forever in the pages!"

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