Gaffing a seal

During our trip to see pelagic birds off Cape Point we followed a long line fishing vessel fishing for kingklip. The birds follow the vessels to collect the by-catch. You can see the scrum in this picture.

longline scrum

Sometimes the birds get caught too. See the nylon in the birds beak? There is most likely a hook attached.


Seals also follow the boats and collect escapees and by catch
Here is a seal tucking into a kingklip dinner.

seal dinner

The problem is that seals get a bit enthusiastic about collecting the by catch and escapees. To discourage the seals the fishermen lure them in then gaf them. Don’t believe me? Check out the following sequence.
fisherman waiting.


Got him.


And haul him in.


A little higher perhaps?


The food the seal was scoring was the heads that were being tossed off the boat by the fishermen. We watched as the heads were carefully collected around the stern of the boat. A pointless bit of cruelty, but then I am not a fisherman.

Dunno you decide.


Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

I was privileged to attend the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service in Cape Town.
It was humbling and encouraging. We have come so far since 1994. The crowd mourned in unison. I was honoured to be part of that crowd.





More pictures here:
Nelson Mandela Memorial Service


Deuteronomy Goes to the USA

This is an old story, but worth putting back here:
When my grandson Sami was born, Niki Botha knitted him a toy dragon. Debate raged on how to transport a dragon, albeit a toy dragon to the USA. When I bought a rucksack, the problem was solved. Deuteronomy claimed the back seat of rucksack.

This is a picture of him practicing riding on the back seat of the rucksack.


Sami with the Dragon

Bowling for Lamberts

My friends Lois and Arno talked me into playing bowls last Saturday. Arno took some pictures to commemorate the event.









More star pictures

I went to Gecko Creek and had dark skies like you will not believe. I did some astro-imaging and got some pictures of interest. I still haven’t got it sussed yet. Eventually I will.

The Orion nebula. First time I got colour

Great Orion Nebula

Star trails. 30 seconds. I am going to have to extend the time.


Astronomical Question

I was in the Cedarberg mountains, Western Cape, South Africa.
I was photographing Venus as it set in the west.
The bright object is Venus but what is that green object at 5 o’clock?


Technical details:
I was using a 100 – 400 canon telephoto lens. Focal length is reported as 100 mm.
It isn’t a lens or camera aberration as it appears in other photographs in different positions. And in the second photo it has trailed.
I have ruled out M9 and NGC 6356 as being too far away.
The star at 6 o’clock to it is, I suspect is c Oph.
I am lost.

Additional bigger pictures are here: