Hanli Prinsloo and Dr. Eleanor Yeld Hutchings captivate audiences with stories of exploring oceans and coastlines
Thursday 15 November marked the second in the series of Marine Conservation Speaker events held at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre during the month of November. The talks, which are free and open to the public, aim to provide a platform for marine researchers and experts to share their knowledge and passion for sharks and marine conservation with members of the public.
Hanli Prinsloo, an eleven-times South African freediving record holder, filmmaker and avid ocean adventurer, spoke about ‘Fear, risk and freedom: Freediving in the wild oceans‘. Believing in the power of storytelling and inspiration, Hanli captivated the audience with anecdotes of her freediving experiences from around the world – illustrating her underwater interactions with turtles, whale sharks, blue whales, manta rays and sharks with breathtaking photography.
Dr. Eleanor Yeld Hutchings, who is the Manager of WWF-SA’s The People’s Coast Programme and the specialist marine biologist presenter for the award-winning SABC television documentary series ‘Shoreline”, spoke about ‘Sharing Our Shoreline’. Dr. Yeld Hutchings delighted the audience with fascinating stories and video footage from her travels around South Africa’s biodiverse coastline – from the adaptations of mangrove mudskippers to the beauty of nesting leatherback turtles in Maputaland.
Both speakers addressed the importance of communication for conservation and the power of enabling people to experience coasts and oceans to positively affect attitudes and behavior.
There are limited seats remaining for the talks on Tuesday 20 November and Wednesday 28 November, which will be held from 19:00 – 21:00 at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay. Booking are essential, so please rsvp to receive your booking confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org On Tuesday 20 November, Alison Kock and Kay Weltz will be talking about ‘Shark Spotters: safety, sightings and shark forecasting’, while Dr. Adam Barnett will speak about Sevengill sharks as the other apex predator. On Wednesday 28 November, Meaghen McCord will talk on ‘taking the bull out of bull sharks: is there a need to conserve and protect the species in southern Africa’, while Tamzyn Zweig will speak about catch and release shark angling and combining sport, conservation and science.
The aim of the Shark Centre is to encourage the conservation and awareness of sharks and marine life in the False Bay area through public educational programmes and ongoing scientific research. More information is available at: www.saveourseas.com
The Shark Centre is open daily to the general public, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays during summer months from 10am to 3pm. Visitors to the Centre can expect to see small sharks and marine life in the aquarium, view marine documentaries and find out general shark and research information. For educational requests or enquiries, please contact Paul Millar Paul@saveourseas.com or T: 021 788 6694.
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