Marine Tour Guide Training is our mission at AB Marine today.
We have social programs for learners as well as volunteer programs.
Launching is not always necessary, but also heavy swells don’t prevent education.
This morning was dedicated to the coastal regions along our Port Elizabeth coastline. From washed up Humpbackwhales and their skeletons remaining on the beaches, with an odour which can be sensed miles away to our marine protected African clawless otter (Aonyx capensis)
African clawless otters have thick, smooth fur with almost silky underbellies. Chestnut in colour, they are characterized by white facial markings that extend downward towards their throat and chest areas. Paws are partially webbed with five fingers, and no opposable thumbs. All lack claws except for digits 2, 3, and 4 of the hind feet. Their large skulls are broad and flat, with relatively small orbits and short rostra. Molars are large and flat, used for crushing of prey. Male otters are slightly larger than females on average. Adults are 113–163cm including their tails that comprised about a third of their length. (Wikipedia)
We see them frequently and today we were extra lucky to see these shy species playing in the surf and being very inquisitive and curious to us. What a treat!
Practical experience is best!