WATCH: SA's Marine Big 5 at Grootbos is the most magnificent thing you'll see today

2017-02-07 15:34 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - It's has been called 'The Serengeti of the Sea'  - the tip of the African continent - the place South Africans and all the creatures that roam our shores and seas call home. 

South Africa is world-renowned for the iconic Big 5 - the elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino - for which travellers come from all over the globe to see. But there's another, lesser known attraction that encapsulates our country's marine diversity. 

Considering South Africa sits at the very point where two oceans meet, it hosts come of the most bio-diverse marine areas in the world. It's no wonder that our 'Serengeti of the Sea' is also home to the Marine Big 5, as they have been called by Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Our whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins are uniquely South African, each specie depended on this patch of ocean to flourish. 

Gansbaai is one of the only places in the world that can offer this extensive range of marine wildlife and Grootbos, situated right on the doorstep of this aquatic wonderland, is perfectly positioned to be your host and guide.

Take a look at this incredible insight into SA's Marine Big 5, and be prepared to be covered in goosebumps! 

The video was created by Cape Town media production house Wagtale, started in 2015 by Jonathan Cornelius and Timothy Gabb. The team specialises in branded storytelling and produce character-driven documentaries, NGO documentaries, travel and tourism promotional films and animations. 

Gansbaai Xplorio, a community-based guide of the area, also assisted in the creation of the epic footage. 

The film was for Grootbos Private nature reserve and was shot around the Walker Bay and Agulhas region on the southern tip of Africa. 

Take a look at some of the behind-the-scenes shots: 

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Protecting our oceans

The future of our ocean is in our hands, our choices and our actions and there are a few things we can do to ensure that the next generation won’t have a National Marine Week in 2030 with the theme, “Our ocean, our loss”.

You can do your bit for ocean conservation and consider these 5 effortless practices.

If you smell something fishy and get that feeling in your gut that a certain tourist activity might be exploiting an animal, trust your instinct. Avoid buying souvenirs or jewellery made from coral reefs, sharks or tortoise shells and don’t take part in any captive animal practices like entertainment shows, swimming with dolphins or whales.

You can also download the DOTChallenge app, aimed at instilling a conservation-minded society through their Do One Thing campaign. 

The #DOTChallenge - which stand for the Do One Thing Challenge - aims to unite the world in the hope that, together, we can still save our planet.

By globally connecting like-minded individuals through a single website and app, the DOT movement encourages anyone who is willing to just Do One Thing to protect and preserve our planet Earth from further destruction and harm.

The challenge is based on the premise that, over time, little things can make a big difference - and as individuals, we each have the power to make small changes on a daily basis that, collectively, can make our planet healthy, green and sustainable again. 

DOTs are as simple as making lifestyle changes or breaking bad habits – such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth.

READ MORE HERE: Do One Thing in 2017: Cape2Rio team hopes to save the world with the #DOTChallenge

It's all about encouraging positive lifestyle changes and having the information at your fingertips on how to go about it. 

You can download the app here

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