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28 Jun 2011

NSRI warns on spring tides, Hout Bay be aware!

NSRI warns on spring tides, Hout Bay be aware!

Taken from iol.co.za:

The National Sea Rescue Institute on Tuesday warned that drownings and capsizing of boats were most likely to occur during spring tides expected on July 1.

It was concerned that with the school holidays, children angling from rocks, boating or bathing, were at great risk of being swept out to sea, spokesman Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

Data showed that during the few days of the spring tide, particularly at river mouths and harbour entrances, boats were at risk of capsizing.

Spring tide occurs twice a month, every month of the year, around in the world. It peaks on the day of the full moon and again on the day of the new moon, causing a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide.

The spring tides were known to cause the rip currents, which could be compounded by rough seas in winter. – Sapa

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28 Jun 2011

RAHB needs your help!

RAHB needs your help!
Dear RAHB Members and Associates

Thank you very much to all those who have paid subs and made donations in response to our appeal to Save the Wetlands.

Special thanks to the following persons for generous donations:
Peter & Elaine Atkins, Andreas Lobert, Pierre-Marie & Valerie Barnabe, Willem & Anita Kemp, Jeanne Boyack, Ruth & Terence Bergmann, Adele Gordon & Michael Goldblatt.

Unfortunately we are still about R40k short of reaching our target for the court action against the developer.  We thus make a further appeal for members to dig deep as once the wetlands is gone, it cannot be recovered.

Best regards
Pierre Steyn, RAHB Webmaster & Membership Database
webmaster@houtbay.org.za
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28 Jun 2011

It is confirmed that monkeys do surf @ Llandudno Beach

Created by @MrDaymonkey…

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27 Jun 2011

Thought provoking comment from Matt Mercer

Thought provoking comment from Matt Mercer

A better Hout Bay? no 1: Get Hout Bay working with Local is Lekker

Read the commentary here

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24 Jun 2011

Beware: Turtles for sale in Hout Bay

Beware: Turtles for sale in Hout Bay

Taken from Two Oceans Aquarium / 24 June 2011 /aquarium.co.za

The Two Oceans Aquarium has received word from concerned members of the public that baby turtles are being sold at the Hout Bay harbour! Fortunately, one of the women who happened to buy one brought it straight to us.

It’s that time of the year when stormy sea conditions off the Cape Peninsula wash juvenile turtles ashore where they are discovered by concerned Capetonians. Just today we received three little loggerheads, which were found stranded on beaches, suffering from cold and dehydration.

But we’ve also been alerted to the fact that juvenile turtles are being offered for sale by men at the Hout Bay harbour.

Please don’t buy

We have informed officials of Oceans & Coasts and the SPCA, and we urge the public, who may think turtles will make cute pets, to not buy these animals.

These turtles are literally out of their depth as they are warm-water ocean creatures, having been swept down from the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal (where they hatch) in the mighty Agulhas Current of the Indian Ocean.

Unless they receive expert treatment and rehabilitation they are unlikely to survive. The Aquarium has facilities to nurse the turtles back to health and when they are strong enough they will be released back into the Indian Ocean.

Please contact the Aquarium if you find a stranded turtle or are offered one for sale.

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