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Understanding the Agulhas Current's complex relationship with our shores

By Neil Malan, Postdoc, SAEON Egagasini Node

Barrelling down the east coast of southern Africa, the Agulhas Current is one of the natural world’s behemoths.

Transporting some 80 million cubic metres of sea water per second at speeds approaching two metres a second and driven by the aggregate effect of winds over the entire Indian Ocean, the amount of energy involved in this system is somewhat inconceivable.

SAIAB’s National Fish Collection provides essential point of reference for IUCN Shark Assessment

South Africa is one of five hotspots for endemic sharks - these are shark species that are not found anywhere else in the world. In late April a group of shark experts from around the globe gathered at NRF-SAIAB in Grahamstown to assess the conservation status of South African shark species.