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By Blog Editor on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Benguela Current, classified as a large marine ecosystem, is one of the most strongly wind driven coastal upwelling systems known.

The current extends from roughly Cape Point in the south, to Angola in the north. The current is driven by south easterly winds. Inshore of the Benguela Current proper, the south easterly winds drive coastal upwelling, forming the Benguela Upwelling System. The cold and often clear, nutrient rich waters that upwell from around 200-300 m depth in turn fuel high rates of phytoplankton growth, and sustain the productive Benguela ecosystem.
By Blog Editor on Friday, August 28, 2009
I have been working with tiger sharks for many years and, while they can become a bit aggressive near the baiting station, I have found them to be remarkably docile for a shark with the reputation of a dangerous “man-eater”.
By Blog Editor on Friday, August 28, 2009
There is a place in False Bay, conveniently positioned in the protection of the rocky coastline, called Pyramid Rock. Here a pointed rock protrudes through the thick kelp to the surface. This is a great place to dive with sevengill sharks as they cruise through the kelp forest.
By Blog Editor on Friday, August 28, 2009
Now, as I sit in front of my computer, attempting to put the experiences of the past week into writing, I know that I will fail dismally in capturing the crazy excitement of being part of one of nature’s most impressive climatic events.
By Blog Editor on Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Cape Point is situated at the southernmost point of the Table Mountain National Park. This impressive sandstone headland, sculptured by the sea over millions of years, represents the theoretical boundary between the cold Atlantic and temperate Indian Oceans.
By Blog Editor on Friday, September 05, 2008

Article by vianne Venter

Published in The Callsheet - September 2008

CAPE Town-based underwater cinematographer, Charles Maxwell, has worked on numerous marine documentaries over the past 21 years, including the Emmy Award winning episode of The Blue Planet, Seas of Life; Planet Earth: Shallow Seas; and Air Jaws, which captured spectacular footage of great white sharks breaching in False Bay. With more than 40 years of diving experience, he is the first port of call for clients from the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Mythbusters when it comes to marine wildlife on the South African coastline. Charles surfaced for a chat about his underwater adventures.
By Blog Editor on Monday, August 04, 2008
Its been a winter season of mixed outcomes. The work has been interesting with. Besides the normal short shoots I have been on three big and challenging shoots.
By Blog Editor on Thursday, July 19, 2007
Sun., July 29 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT (Encore Presentation)
Will punching a shark deter it? Can you use sharkskin as sandpaper? Are sharks really scared of their own image?
2002 Emmy Award
Winner for Outstanding
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