Citizen Science SnorkelOctober 8, 2020
Citizen Science is public participation in scientific research; everyday people can play a part in collecting data to assist in marine research and conservation.
The False Bay coastline of the Cape Peninsula teems with ocean life. Join the marine biologists at Cape RADD (Research and Diver Development) on a fish and shark (the cute, small and shy ones) identification survey and learn about this unique environment which is one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. Armed with a data slate and pencil, YOU collect data about the presence of the local endemic fish and shy shark species. Your observations of the fish and creatures of our shores become part of a unique record of marine life that helps scientists predict the effects of climate change, monitor the impact of human development, and even discover new species.
This is a beach entry, so no boat is required and the snorkelling is no more than 50 meters from the coast. This experience is great for families and people new to snorkelling. For the more adventurous you can join a SCUBA or free dive survey amongst the ocean forest of kelp. This is the same stretch of coastline where the award-winning Netflix documentary, My Octopus Teacher, was filmed.
Each trip begins with an explanation of the unique ecosystem surrounding Cape Town, an introduction to basic fish ID skills and local fish species. All equipment is provided (10mm wetsuit, hood and snorkeling gear).
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes in the water.
Citizen Science Snorkel Conservation Fee: ZAR 800 p.p.
The snorkelling is perfect for beginners as the research area is always sheltered.