On the 1st September 2019, White Shark Projects were ecstatic to launch our educational group called Ocean Defenders, as part of our 21 Days for the Ocean Campaign.

The aim of the Ocean Defenders programme is to provide young marine enthusiasts with the knowledge and skills to help protect the ocean environment which will in turn create a more sustainable future for them. Through them, we can help change the next generation’s attitudes and impact on our seas. In addition, we aim to give young people a sense of fulfilment and pride in helping prevent further damage to the oceans we so heavily rely on.

One weekend a month, we will organise fun-filled educational activities for our Ocean Defenders that will increase their understanding of the marine ecosystems surrounding the Overstrand area, as well as how to reduce their impact on the environment.

For the launch, we took our Ocean Defenders and volunteers on the River Rat Boat Cruises in Stanford. With the help of the River Rat Boat owner Ernie and our own bird enthusiast Francesc, we were able to show the group at least 21 different bird species, including the African fish-eagle and Malachite kingfisher. Our Ocean Defenders were also armed with nets to pick up any debris along the way.

Ernie also found a beautiful spot for us to have a small braai, enjoy the beautiful scenery and do some more bird spotting.What a fantastic start to both our Ocean Defenders programme and 21 Days for the Ocean 2019!

Our Ocean Defenders are young ambassadors and will be part of the next generation for a healthier future for our seas.


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Written by Georgina Vermeulen
Marine Biologist at White Shark Projects

Published 2nd September 2019