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Feather Duster Worm

Feather Duster Worm

As far as worms go, the Feather duster worm also known as the Giant fanworm is one of the prettiest you’ll find in Cape Town’s kelp forests. The Feather duster worm (Pseudobranchiomma longa) is found between the intertidal zone and as deep as 200m. These beautiful feathery worms stand out even when surrounded by feather

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Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin

Sea urchins are round, spiny echinoderms which roughly resemble a hedgehog rolled up into a ball. The word urchin is in fact derived from old French meaning hedgehog. There are about 950 types of sea urchin found around the world from the intertidal zone down to 5000 metres below. They also range from tropical waters

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Feather Star

Feather Star

Feather stars, also known as crinoids, fall under the echinoderm group of marine animals. Echinoderm means ‘spiny skin’ in Greek and feather stars definitely have this despite their flowery appearance. In fact, it’s very easy for novice freedivers and snorkelers to mistake these animals for seaweed due to their stationary, flower-like appearance and their tendency

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Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone

Whenever we take customers kelp forest snorkeling, their reaction on seeing sea anemones, starfish and urchins for the first time reminds us of how beautiful these creatures, which we tend to take for granted, really are. There are numerous species of these fascinating marine animals in the kelp forests and they seem to come in

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Pyjama Shark

Pyjama Shark

We love all sharks, but small, inquisitive ones ‘dressed in pyjamas’ definitely get a bit more love from us. Pyjama sharks, also known as striped catsharks, are a common sight during our Cape Town snorkeling experiences and adventure freedives in the kelp forests. They are fairly abundant in the Western Cape’s intertidal zone and are

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Sunfish Mola Mola

Sunfish

The Ocean sunfish is also commonly called the Mola or Mola mola. The Latin word ‘mola’ means millstone and is in reference to this fish’s peculiar round, grey shape which looks like a millstone. Its name in many other languages either translates to ‘sun’ or ‘moon’, while the funniest is one of its German names

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Windmill Beach

Windmill Beach

Windmill Beach is without a doubt our top dive site and an amazing little beach. It is very sheltered and year round provides the best conditions for snorkeling in Cape Town. In terms of entry level freediving courses, only Long Beach in Simon’s Town offers better freediving conditions. The entire area is packed with marine

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Deep Freediving

Deep Freediving

Cape Town Freediving Clip Of The Week 13: The freediving scene in Cape Town has evolved considerably in the last 10 to 15 years. As in many places, freediving was initially the domain of the hunters who freedived to shoot fish and catch crayfish. In the late 1990s and early 2000s a handful of sport

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Kelp Forest Snorkeling

Snorkeling Gear

Wetsuit The temperature of Cape Town’s ocean varies considerably depending on the weather, season and location.The Atlantic Seaboard is generally colder than the False Bay side of the peninsula. A good snorkeling wetsuit for Cape Town’s conditions should be able to keep you warm in temperatures that vary from 6 degrees to 21 degrees. For

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