SeaKeys

SeaKeys is the first large collaborative project funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Program. Over the next three years, more than 30 SeaKeys team members from many organisations will work together to unlock marine biodiversity knowledge and opportunities.

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SeaKeys is the first large collaborative project funded by the Foundational Biodiversity Information Program. Over the next three years, more than 30 SeaKeys team members from many organisations will work together to unlock marine biodiversity knowledge and opportunities.

The SeaKeys project will deliver national species lists, new species records, Encyclopaedia of Life pages, DNA barcodes, new species descriptions and identification guides. And the project team will ensure that all this information flows up the biodiversity knowledge chain to make a difference!

The success of this project is dependent on contributions from researchers, post-graduate students, citizen scientists, marine managers and decision makers. Core to this is are four new atlas projects on three web-based platforms.

To contribute, please add the tag "SeaKeys" - separate tags with commas.

The four new atlas projects are:

Sea Fish Atlas – mapping the distribution of our marine fish species: check out the fish submissions starting to come into iSpot. Please use the tag "Sea Fish Atlas"

Sea Slug Atlas – please start photographing nudibranchs, bubble shells and seahares and add to iSpot. Please use the tag "Sea Slug Atlas"

Sea Coral Atlas - this will target hard, soft and black corals, seafans, soft corals and even anemones on iSpot. Please use the tag "Sea Coral Atlas"

• Marine Invasive Atlas - The project also includes a group of scientists working on marine alien and invasive species and we will also request the public to photograph and report potential introduced species. (Further information with target species such as the European green crab currently only confirmed from Table Bay and Hout Bay will come later). Please use the tag "Sea Alien Atlas"

The three platforms are:

  • iSpot - will be used to collect marine species observations.
  • We are asking scuba divers, fishers, snorkelers, beach-goers and any interested public to assist us. Photographs of marine species (including those found in estuaries) can be uploaded along with locality (using Google earth maps or GPS co-ordinates) information to create detailed distributions of South Africa marine species . These will be used in habitat classifications and in the assessment of species threat status and protection levels. iSpot is also a great place to learn how to identify species and we need as many experts, students and knowledgeable public to help build and mentor marine species identification skills.

  • Echinomap - Atlas of African Echinoderma:
  • Please add your photographs of starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and feather stars to this site.

  • SA Jelly Watch
  • Jellyfish are becoming more common and they threaten many coastal activities. By taking a few minutes to observe them in your area you can help us to understand if they pose a threat to our way of life. Record mass outbreaks and records of jellyfish on this site.

Latest observations to SeaKeys

or see the collection at:
http://www.ispot.org.za/taxonomy/term/11799

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Related projects:

FisHistory and FishForLife - see http://www.ispot.org.za/FisHistory

For a summary of SeaKeys observations - see http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/seakeys

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Statistics

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Dive site locations of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay

There are over 150 named dive sites around Cape Town. This list includes most of them.The coordinates given are usually good for SeaKeys observations, but you can use more specific locations if you wish. Using the standard site names makes it easier for others to check that your observations are likely to be correctly located, particularly for the offshore sites and where the aerial view is unfamiliar.

Sites marked with an asterisk (*) are not confirmed accurate.
Please notify me of errors and omissions.

Site name (locality, accessibility) Latitude Longitude

13th Apostle (Llandudno, offshore) -33.9914 18.3320

A
A-Frame (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2078 18.4624
Albatross Rock (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, west side) -34.2755 18.3703
Alpha Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2165 18.4697
Ammo Reef (Simon's Town, offshore)-34.1927 18.4625
Ammunition Barges wrecks (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.1901 18.4498

Anchor Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1929 18.4600
Anchor - see Ankers
Andre se Gat (Rooi-els, shoreline)-34.3042 18.8127
Ankers (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.3084 18.8124
Antipolis wreck (Oudekraal, shoreline) -33.9840 18.3561

Ark Rock (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1922 18.4539
Ark Rock Barge wreck (Simon's Town, offshore)
Aster wreck (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0649 18.3495
Athens wreck (Mouille Point, shoreline) -33.8975 18.4095
Atlantis Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2500 18.4833

B
Bakoven Rock (Camps Bay, inshore) -33.9593 18.3700
Balcony (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.3074 18.8147
Bantry Bay (Sea Point, shoreline) -33.9260 18.3775
Barry's Pinnacles (Clifton, offshore) -33.9307 18.3608
Bato wreck (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.1833 18.4260

Batsata Rock (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2767 18.4803
Bia wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, inshore, west side)-34.2703 18.3773
Bikini Beach (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1654 18.8582
Bloemfontein wreck (False Bay, offshore) -34.2443 18.6659
Blousteen (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2743 18.8352

Blousteen East (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2718 18.8372
Blousteen Ridge (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2750 18.8321
Blue Rock Quarry (Gordon's Bay, inland) -34.1256 18.9011
Boat Rock (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2342 18.4842
Bordjiesrif (Cape Point Nature Reserve, shoreline, east side) -34.3165 18.4638

Bos 400 and Oakburn wrecks (Hout Bay, inshore) -34.0369 18.3086
Brunswick wreck (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.1813 18.4268
Buffels Bay (Cape Point Nature Reserve, shoreline, east side)-34.3203 18.4622

C
Cape Matapan wreck (Table Bay, offshore) -33.8872 18.4089
Caravan Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2238 18.4758
Carnaby Street (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2497 18.4819
Castle Rocks (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2395 18.4782
Castor Rock (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1790 18.4602

Castor Rock North Pinnacle (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1767 18.4593
Clan Monroe wreck (Noordhoek, offshore) -34.1470 18.3158
Clan Stuart wreck (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.1717 18.4307
Cleeve's Tunnel (Clifton, offshore) -33.9423 18.3649
Clifton Rocks (Clifton, inshore) -33.9395 18.3704

Container Bay (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.3128 18.8170
Coral Gardens, Oudekraal (Oudekraal, shoreline) -33.9878 18.3471
Coral Gardens, Oudekraal, Offshore Pinnacle (Oudekraal, offshore) -33.9854 18.3419
Coral Gardens, Rooi-els (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.3020 18.8123
Cow and Calf (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1718 18.8377
Crosses - see Kruis

D
D-Frame (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2065 18.4661
Daeyang Family wreck (Table Bay, offshore) -33.8398 18.3856
Dale Brook (St James, shoreline) -34.1247 18.4533
Dangeroud Doug Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1992 18.4608
Die Perd (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0377 18.3053

Die Josie (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0750 18.3543
Dome Rock Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1853 18.4629
Di's Cracks (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0646 18.3069
Dreadlocks Reef (Oudekraal, offshore) -33.9728 18.3618
Drop Zone (Strand, offshore) -34.1427, 18.7638
Duiker Island (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0576 18.3260
Duiker Point Canyon (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0433 18.3015

E
East shoal (False Bay, offshore)-34.1483 18.6464

F
False Bay Yacht Club (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.1912 18.4339
Fame wreck* (Sea Point, inshore) -33.908 18.388
Fan Reef (Simon's Town, offshore)-34.2361 18.4877
Festival Pinnacle (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2356 18.4834
Finlay's Deep (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2501 18.4866

Finlay's Point (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2488 18.4776
Fish Hoek Reef (Fish Hoek, offshore) -34.1382 18.4446
Fisherman's Beach (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2063 18.4596
Fleur wreck (False Bay, offshore) -34.1805 18.5649
Friskies Pinnacle (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1796 18.4637
Froggy Pond (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2037 18.4575

G
Garden of Eden* (Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, shoreline) -34.350 18.492
Gelderland wreck (Duiker Point, offshore) -34.0345 18.3030
Geldkis (Oudekraal, inshore) -33.9788 18.3600
Geldkis Blinder (Oudekraal, offshore) -33.9779 18.3602
Gemsbok wreck (Sea Point, offshore)

General Botha wreck (False Bay, offshore) -34.2280 18.6382
George M Livanos Wreck* (Green Point) -33.899 18.398
Giant's Castle (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2393 18.4871
Glencairn Barge wreck (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1566 18.4413
Glencairn Quarry (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.1565 18.4402
Good Hope Reef (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2675 18.4815

Good Hope wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2680 18.4808
Graeme's Spot (Sinon's Town, inshore) -34.2484 18.4820
Groot Pannekoek (Oudekraal, offshore) -33.9855 18.3459

H
Hakka Reef (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0291 18.3055
Harvest Capella wreck -34.0263 18.3117
SS Hermes Wreck* (Milnerton) -33.870 18.488
Highfields wreck (Table Bay, offshore) -33.8855 18.4305
Hotlips Pinacle (Rambler Rock southeast) (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1859 18.4682

Huis te Kraaiestein wreck (Oudekraal, inshore) -33.9808 18.3608
Hypatia wreck (Table Bay, offshore) -33.8350 18.3817

I
Insanity Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2136 18.4674

J
Justin's Caves (Oudekraal, inshore) -33.9809 18.3580

K
Kalk Bay Harbour Wall (Kalk Bay, inshore)-34.1292 18.4505
Kanobi's Wall (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0394 18.3023
Katsu Maru wreck (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0652 18.3490
Ker Yar Vor wreck (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0340 18.3106
Klein Pannekoek (Oudekraal, offshore) -33.9818 18.3515

Klein Tafelberg (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0741 18.3196
Koei en Kalf - see Cow and Calf
Kruis (Rooi-els shoreline) -34.2898 18.8213

L
Lace Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1993 18.4687
Ledges (Gordon's Bay, shoreline)-34.1699 18.8454
Livingstone Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1768 18.4595
Logies Bay (Llandudno, shoreline) -34.0042 18.3422
Long Beach (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.1870 18.4270

Lorry Bay (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1826 18.8219
Lusitania wreck (Cape Point, offshore) -34.3900 18.4942

M
M&M Pinnacles (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0402 18.3031
Maidstone Rock (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1927 18.4579
Maori wreck (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0344 18.3133
Middelmas (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0292 18.3055
Middle Oudekraal (Oudekraal, inshore) -33.9793 18.3585

Mike's Reef (Rooi-els, inshore) -34.3123 18.8126
Miller's Point (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2308 18.4781
Muizenberg trawlers: East wreck (Muizenberg, offshore) -34.1168 18.5203
Muizenberg trawlers: West wreck (Muizenberg, offshore) -34.1166 18.5227
Murphy's (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2326 18.4831
Mushroom Pinnacle (Oudekraal, inshore) -33.9797 18.3587

N
Nimrod Rock (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.1912 18.4494
North Paw (Clifton, offshore) -33.9309 18.3639
North Paw Eastern Pinnacle (Clifton, offshore) -33.9301 18.3670
North Paw Northern Pinnacle/Monty's Pinnacle (Clifton, offshore) -33.9299 18.3635
North Paw North-eastern Pinnacle (Clifton, offshore) -33.9291 18.3647

O
Oakburn - see Bos 400 and Oakburn
Omega Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2143 18.4741
Orotava wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2668 18.4797
Outer Castle (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2387 18.4832
Outer Photographer's Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1963 18.4650
Outer Windmill (Simon's Town, offshore} -34.2015 18.4602

P
Partridge Point (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2577 18.4798
Partridge Point Seal Rock (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2560 18.4824
Percy's Hole (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2881 18.8224
Percy's Hole Cave (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2866 18.8249
Peter's Pinnacle (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2585 18.4782

Phil's Bay (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1867 18.8189
Phoenix Shoal (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.1898 18.4483
Photographer's Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1973 18.4572
Pie Rock (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2398 18.4844
Pietermaritzburg wreck (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2217 18.4744

Pietermaritzburg Pinnacles (Simon's Town, Offshore) -34.2219 18.4761
Pinnacle (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1745 18.8330
PMB wreck - see Pietermaritzburg wreck
PMB Pinnacles - see Pietermaritzburg Pinnacles
Princess Elizabeth wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2677 18.4805
Pyramid Rock (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2371 18.4783

Q
Quarry - seeGlencairn quarry

R
Rambler Rock (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1821 18.4650
Rambler Rock South Pinnacles (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1836 18.4651
Rockeater wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2688 18.4812
Rocklands Blinder (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2150 18.4667
Rocky Bank (False Bay, offshore)-34.4117 18.5917

Rocky Bay (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1921 18.8160
Roman Rock (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1812 18.4600
Romans Rest (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1805 18.4634
Romelia wreck (Llandudno, inshore) -34.0117 18.3310
Rooi-els Point (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2952 18.8127

S
Sandy Cove (Oudekraal, shoreline) -33.9813 18.3607
Schuilenberg wreck* (Cape Peninsula Western Seaboard) -33.937 18.377
Seafarer wreck (Mouille Point, inshore) -33.8967 18.3967
Sea Point Ridge (Sea Point, offshore) -33.9151 18.3570
Seal Island* (North False Bay, offshore) -34.138 18.580

Shark Alley (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2368 18.4767
Sherwood Forest (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2531 18.4837
Smits Cliff (Cape Point Nature Reserve, shoreline, east side)-34.2747 18.4735
Smits Reef (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2748 18.4822
South Paw (Clifton, offshore) -33.9385 18.3648

Spaniard Rock (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2172 18.4672
Spider Crab Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1818 18.4572
Star Wall (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0411 18.3015
Steenbras Deep (False Bay, offshore) -34.2107 18.7593
Steenbras Deep North pinnacle (False Bay, offshore) -34.2023 18.7595
Steenbras Deep South pinnacle (False Bay, offshore) -34.2107 18.7583

Steps (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0222 18.3100
Stern Reef (Simon's Town, inshore) -34.2194 18.4672
Stone Dog (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1726 18.8364
Stonehenge A-360 Pinnacle (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0457 18.3034
Stonehenge Reef (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0347 18.1433

Stonehenge Blinder (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0473 18.3053
Stonehenge Coral Pinnacle (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0432 18.3035
Strawberry Rocks (Oudekraal, inshore) -33.9787 18.3610
Sunfish Pinnacle (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0413 18.3048
Sunny Cove (Fish Hoek, shoreline) -34.1439 18.4379
SURG Pinnacle (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0396 18.3003

T
Tafelberg Deep Pinnacle (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0775 18.3162
Target Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1770 18.4538
Thermopylae Wreck* (Green Point, inshore) -33.899 18.399
Thomas T Tucker wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, inshore, west side)
Three-Anchor Bay (Sea Point, shoreline) -33.9059 18.3970

Tivoli Pinnacles (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1815 18.4628
Torch Reef (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1950 18.4660
Trafalgar wreck* (Sea Point) -33.908 18.393
Transvaal wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, east side) -34.2663 18.4795
Treasure wreck (Bloubergstrand, offshore) -33.6717 18.3317

Twin Towers pinnacles (Duiker Point, offshore) -34.03197 18.30550
Two Oceans Aquarium (Cape Town waterfront, inland) -33.9079 18.4179

U
Umhlali wreck (Cape Point Nature Reserve, offshore, west side) -34.2739 18.3748

V
Vis wreck* (Green Point) -33.903 18.398
Vogelsteen (Gordon's Bay, shoreline) -34.1715 18.8396
Vulcan Rock (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0661 18.3097

W
Whale Rock (Table Bay, offshore) -33.8352 18.3810
Whirlpool Cove (Rooi-els, shoreline) -34.2828 18.8258
Whittle Rock (False Bay, offshore) -34.2469 18.5626
Wilhelm's Wall (Hout Bay, offshore) -34.0250 18.2989
Windmill Beach (Simon's Town, shoreline) -34.2008 18.4577
Windmill Offshore (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.2008 18.4633
MV Winton wreck (Milnerton) -33.8692 18.4864
Wonders Pinnacle (Simon's Town, offshore) -34.1802 18.4608

(PLEASE DON'T REPLY TO THIS: If you do I won't be able to edit it).

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Missing coordinates

Gemsbok
Thomas T Tucker
Peter Southwood

Dont have coordinates!

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Supposed to be on Googlemaps

I put all of these onto Googlemaps, which is supposed to make them searcheable.
Will try and figure out why they dont come up if one puts them in the Find Box of "add an observation"

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autofill

Note that if you enter the details the first time, iSpot will add the coordinates in future if you select the same locality.

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I have been doing this

I have almost all these sites on autofill, but it seems that each user must create their own autofill locations. You only have to enter the site details the first time, but locations do not appear to be shared between users, which is probably a good thing as if they were there would be so many it would be useless

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
Photos licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Sorry

I know you know this: it was for beginners that I stated it. And more here for those interested: www.ispot.org.za/iSpot101_localities

But in the Map, if you enter the reef (or wreck) name it should give you the coordinates as well (barring another reef elsewhere in the world with the same name).

Clearly it is not working, so I need to explore further.

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Popular South African Dive Sites (other than Cape Town region)

These are some of the named wreck and reef dive sites for which positions are available (there are others but for various reasons those who use them wish them to remain private).

The coordinates given are usually good enough for SeaKeys observations, but you can use more specific locations if you wish. Using the standard site names makes it easier for others to check that your observations are likely to be correctly located, particularly for the offshore sites and where the aerial view is unfamiliar.

Most of these site positions are unconfirmed. You can help by confirming and correcting positions, and by providing additional site names and positions.

(Note that many shipwrecks begin with: HMS MFV MV RMS SA SS - these prefixes are ignored in the alphabetical listing)

Please notify us of errors and omissions.

Site name (Region) Latitude Longitude
A
Adlams Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.627 32.657
SS Adelfotis wreck (Arniston) -34.788 19.475
Algae Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.583 32.667
Aliwal shoal (Umkomaas) -30.245 30.827
Arniston wreck (Arniston)) -34.690 20.243

MFV Athina wreck (Plettenberg Bay) -34.093 23.382
Avalanche (Port Elizabeth) -34.061 25.647

B
Baboon Point (Elands Bay) -32.316 18.320
Bell 41(Port Elizabeth) -33.973 25.729
Bell Buoy (Port Elizabeth) -33.982 25.694
Bermuda (Port Elizabeth) -34.060 25.649
Big Bream Reef (Ballito) -29.528 31.228

Bird Island (Port Elizabeth) -33.840 26.287
HMS Birkenhead wreck (Gansbaai) -34.643 20.172
Bokbaai (Silwerstroomstrand) -33.570 18.313
Brenton Island (Port Elizabeth) -33.817 25.765
Bruces Bank (Knysna) -34.095 23.096

C
SS Cadwallon wreck (East London) -33.018 27.925
Cape Recife Wreck (St Francis Bay) -34.212 24.835
Cape Vidal (St Lucia Estuary) -28.125 32.558
Capele (Port Elizabeth) -34.042 25.724
Caves (Durban) -29.890 31.053

Chains (Durban) -29.840 31.103
Chelsea (Port Elizabeth) -34.061 25.637
Cooper light Wreck (Durban) -29.957 31.018
Cathedral, Aliwal Shoal* (Umkomaas) -30.2644 30.8276
Cowrie Reef (Park Rynie) -30.305 30.781
Cracker (Port Elizabeth) -34.054 25.621

D
Dagleish Bank (Knysna) -34.193 22.957
Deep Blinders (Mossel Bay) -34.190 22.167
Deep Blinders (Plettenberg Bay) -34.059 23.552
Deep Blood (Durban) -29.910 31.052
Deep Salmon (Shelly Beach) -30.820 30.424

Devils Reef (Port Elizabeth) -33.983 25.670
Doddington Wreck (Port Elizabeth) -33.834 26.290
Dolosse (Mossel Bay) -34.178 22.141

E
East Cape Reef (Knysna) -34.089 23.096
Eelskin Ridge, Aliwal shoal* (Umkomaas) -30.2634 30.8236
Esso Wheeling wreck (Arniston) -34.780 19.628
Evan’s Peak (Port Elizabeth) -33.843 25.816

F
Fairholme wreck (Knysna) -34.083 23.043
Faultline (Durban) -29.910 31.052
Fern Coral reef, Aliwal shoal MPA (Scottburgh) -30.308 30.768
SS Fidela wreck (Port Elizabeth) -34.010 25.700
Five Mile Bank (Struisbaai) -34.837 20.127

Five Mile Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.470 32.702
Fountain Rocks (Port Alfred) -33.603 26.922

G
Gamtoos River mouth (Jeffreys Bay) -33.982 25.059
Gasmic Gorge (Port Elizabeth) -34.058 E25.647
Gonubie Point (East London) -32.944 28.036
Groot Bank (Plettenberg Bay) -34.007 23.490
Grotto Bay (Yzerfontein) -33.565 18.310
Gun Rock (East London) -33.021 27.921

H
Haerlem (wreck Port Elizabeth) -33.989 25.698
Harrisons Gulley (Wild Coast) -31.950 29.225
Haven Wreck (Wild Coast) -32.250 28.933
Hawston (Cape Hangklip) -34.400 19.107
Hluleka (Wild Coast) -31.817 29.323

Howard's Castle, Scottburgh (Aliwal shoal MPA) -30.282 30.808
Hully Point (Northern Maputaland) -27.333 32.737

I
Inchcape Rock Wreck (Port Elizabeth) -33.933 25.618
Inside Eelskin (Aliwal Shoal) -30.2704 30.8201
Island Rock (Northern Maputaland) -27.283 32.777
SS Ismore wreck (Paternoster) -32.822 17.845
SS Itzehoe wreck (Thunderbolt Reef) -34.022 25.703

J
Jacobs Poort (Plettenberg Bay) -34.062 23.383

K
Kabeljoubank (Yzerfontein) -33.565 18.310
MV Kapodistrias wreck (Port Elizabeth) -34.040 25.702
SS King Cadwallon wreck (East London) -33.018 27.925
Kingfisher Bay (Sodwana Bay) -27.707 32.630
Klein Brak (Mossel Bay) -34.095 22.150

Kosi Bay (Northern Maputaland) -26.900 32.885
Kreefbaai (Lamberts Bay) -32.211 18.325

L
Lady Kennaway wreck (East London) -33.030 27.914
Landers Reef (Park Rynie) -30.333 30.677
Lemonfish Reef (Ballito) -29.537 31.222
Lighthouse Reef EC (St Francis Bay) -34.213 24.838
Limestone Reef (Durban) -29.866 31.053
Little Brack - see Klein Brak

M
Mabibi Reef (Mabibi) -27.333 32.753
Malgas Island (West Coast National Park) -33.053 17.927
Manta Point (Aliwal shoal) -30.2599 30.8288
Marcus Island (West Coast National Park) -33.045 17.253
Mark 4 Wall (Port Elizabeth) -34.050 25.650

Merestein wreck (Saldanha Bay) -33.087 17.952
Meridian wreck (Cape Hangklip) -34.375 18.882
Mitchs Reef (Mossel Bay) -34.170 22.132
Moonie (Port Elizabeth) -34.054 25.642
Muisbosskerm (Lamberts Bay) -32.128 18.307

N
Nahoon Reef (East London) -33.000 27.955
Nebo wreck (Umkomaas) -30.2409 30.8211
Nev's Ledge (Durban) -29.845 31.101
Nine Mile Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.417 32.725
Northern Pinnacles, Aliwal Shoal* (Umkomaas) -30.2616 30.8280

North Sands, Aliwal Shoal* (Umkomaas) -30.2595 30.8275
Number One Reef (Durban) -29.837 31.123

O
Orange (Port Elizabeth) -33.999 25.711
SA Oranjeland wreck (East London) -33.021 27.925
MV Oriental Pioneer wreck (Struisbaai) -34.808 20.088
HMS Osprey wreck (St Francis Bay) -34.201 24.803
Ou Skoen Reef (Mossel Bay) -34.167 22.123

SS Ourimbah wreck (Chelsea Point) -34.048 25.627
Outer Anchorage (Durban) -29.837 31.123
Ovington Court Wreck (Durban) -29.858 31.045

P
Padi (Port Elizabeth) -33.976 25.668
Paquita wreck (Knysna) -34.077 23.060
Parish (Port Elizabeth) -33.922 25.662
MV Pati wreck (Port Elizabeth) -34.040 25.702
Phantom Wreck (Knysna) -34.070 23.058

Philip’s Reef (Port Elizabeth) -33.972 25.679
Pinnacle (Knysna) -34.088 23.056
Pinnacles (Port Elizabeth) -34.040 25.702
Pinnacles (Durban) -29.897 31.073
Pinnacles (Aliwal shoal) -30.2597 30.8280

Pothole (Aliwal shoal) -30.2615 30.8269
Presleys Bay (The Wild Coast) -31.883 29.272
Produce wreck (Umkomaas) -30.2498 30.8296

Q
Quarter Mile Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.540 32.683
Queen of the West wreck (St Francis Bay) -34.170 24.537
SS Queenmoor wreck (Chelsea Point) -34.048 25.627

R
Raggie Sands (Port Elizabeth) -34.045 25.693
Raggies Cave (Aliwal Shoal) -30.2619 30.8279
Redbait Reef (Plettenberg Bay) -34.060 23.382
Reijgersdaal wreck (Silwerstroomstrand) -33.597 18.353
Riy Bank (Port Elizabeth) -33.985 25.862

Roman Rock (Port Elizabeth) -33.978 25.668
Roxy's (Port Elizabeth) -34.000 25.709

S
Sabina wreck (Thunderbolt Reef) -34.032 25.703
SS Saint Lawrence wreck (Paternoster) -32.742 17.887
Santissimo Sacramento wreck (Port Elizabeth) -34.036 25.520
Santos Reef (Mossel Bay) -34.172 22.133
Schaapen Island (West Coast National Park) -33.093 18.025

Second Bush (St Francis Bay) -34.190 24.860
Seven Mile Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.442 32.717
Shallow Blinders (Mossel Bay) -34.190 22.167
Shallow Blinders (Plettenberg Bay) -34.059 23.383
Shark Alley (Aliwal Shoal) -30.2621 30.8283

Sheffield Reefs (Ballito) -29.467 31.275
South Sands (Aliwal Shoal) -30.2636 30.8269
St Croix Island Scuba Trails (Port Elizabeth) -33.797 25.770
Stingray Reef (Mossel Bay) -34.167 22.123
Storms River Mouth Scuba Trail (Tsitsikamma) -34.023 23.900

SS Strathblane wreck (Chelsea Point) -34.048 25.629
Stringer (Aliwal Shoal) -30.2710 30.8237
HMS Sybille wreck (Lamberts Bay) -32.168 18.310

T
Three Sisters (East London) -32.972 27.986
Thunderbolt Reef (Chelsea Point) -34.040 25.702
Tiffanys Reef (Ballito) -29.502 31.242
Two Mile Reef (Sodwana Bay) -27.528 32.680

V
SS Valdivia Wreck (East London) -33.018 27.924
Van Stadens River Mouth (Jeffreys Bay) -33.987 25.220
Vetch's Pier (Durban) -29.868 31.033

W
Water Tower Reef (St Francis Bay) -34.022 25.898
SS Western Knight Wreck (Port Elizabeth) -34.053 25.583
Whale Rock (Plettenberg Bay) -34.110 23.422
Windvogel Reef (Mossel Bay) -34.190 22.167

Z
HMS Zeepard Wreck (Port Elizabeth) -34.037 25.497

(PLEASE DON'T REPLY TO THIS: If you do I won't be able to edit it).

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Pbsouthwood's picture

Errors and omissions

Lots of regions that are inaccurate. How best to report them without unduly cluttering this page?

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Tony Rebelo's picture

edit

copy it, edit it, and paste me by email.

Please remove duplicates from the Peninsula from this list. If there are any Peninsula site not on the Peninsula list, please put them here.

Let us have this list as a supplement to the above.

Please add any missing sites.

Tony Rebelo's picture

easier

This is easier:
I will make you author giving you editing rights. I can also edit them then!

Pbsouthwood's picture

OK

I will do what I can. Where did you get the site names and co-ordinates?

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Tony Rebelo's picture

Source

From the SeaKeys secretariat. As a service to prospective atlassers.

The list includes a further ~ 200 sites, which are tagged confidential: these are the ones publicly published or well known. The list was sourced from literature, conservation agencies, divers and commercial operators.
The list included duplicates, some of which were inconsistent by up to a few kilometres: these I looked up and chose one.

I know nothing about their accuracy. I merely standardized them to 0.1km accuracy on the grounds that anyone who wanted to be more accurate could do so, and about 100m radius would be precise enough for most activities, without giving a false level of accuracy. (I note that the Peninsula ones are accurate to about 10m (4 decimal places))

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Accuracy

The Cape Peninsula sites are personally checked, and the accuracy is useful in many cases as it relates to the usual dropoff point or the centre of the area, but 100m accuracy is good enough if that is what is available. Some of the literature is not very accurate at all, as you seem to have discovered. With luck this will improve over time. I have just a few more to add from my collection. My data is generally 5 decimal places, rounded to 4. It is easy for the end user to round down if they see fit, and most dives are within 100m but more than 10m from the drop-off or nominal position, so 10m or better precision of nominal position implies about 200m precision of data, while 100m precision of nominal position implies about 300m precision of data. So 5 decimal places will not improve accuracy, and 2 would be too course.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Tony Rebelo's picture

Spot on!

Spot on!

Thanks.

Tony Rebelo's picture

Peter Timm’s Memorial Biodive

Peter Timm’s life and achievements will be celebrated at Triton Dive Lodge this Saturday 05 July 2014.

A memorial dive will be held in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at Sodwana Bay (and beyond!) from 9 – 10am as part of a “Memorial Biodive” during which participants will take photos of marine life in honour of Peter’s contribution to conservation and marine research.

A biodive is similar to a bioblitz where the aim is to document biodiversity by recording as many species at a location as possible. These and other marine life records (photographs) will be loaded onto iSpot as part of Peter’s legacy. His deeds serve as an inspiration to divers, scientists, conservationists and explorers alike.

more:
Peter Timm Memorial Biodive

Tony Rebelo's picture

automating

We can automate this when iSpot ZA joins iSpot global.

In the meantime, please proceed as follows:

goto - http://www.ispot.org.za/map
click : clear all filters
click : Filter by tag
Enter in Descriptive tags: SeaKeys (type seak and select from options)
Click : Save this filter
Enter in Your name for this filter: SeaKeys
Click: Apply Filter

Repeat for other tags you want:

i.e.
click : clear all filters
click : Filter by tag
Enter in Descriptive tags: Sea Fish Atlas (type Sea f and select from options)
Click : Save this filter
Enter in Your name for this filter: Sea Fish
Click : Apply Filter

Next time, just:

Click : Your saved filters
Tick SeaKeys or Sea Fish or Sea Slug or Sea Coral, etc.

And it will load up for you.

NOTE:
At the top under “Observation Filters” it says
Showing x of y observations.
X is the amount visible in the map that you are looking at (it maxes at 1000)
Y is the total amount of observations: what you are interested in.

Zoom in and out and Pan around to see where the data are.

Pbsouthwood's picture

If there are more than 1000 observations

As there will be, either already or soon, you will have to pan and zoom around on the map and try not to let the areas overlap when there are observations in the overlap region. At the moment not difficult, but could become tricky later.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Tony Rebelo's picture

temporary (I hope).

By then we should have the upgrade which can cope with any amount of observations, and also allow a specific area to be mapped by polygon.

Tony Rebelo's picture

Easier

Try looking outside and then subtracting. e.g. if there are records from Somalia and the Great Barrier Reef, then pan there and subtract them from the total.

Cassine's picture

Except five inlands

Two in Zimbabwe, one in Gauteng and two in Egypt.

Tony Rebelo's picture

ta

thanks for marking these localities as inaccurate: hopefully the users will respond and fix.
Could just fix - in some cases, but best to allow the learning process to proceed.

Cassine's picture

The one from Gauteng

do need the janitor's services.

Pbsouthwood's picture

SeaKeys contributors

Is there any way of looking up the contributors to SeaKeys, or for that matter, any other project?
Also, is there a way to find out who all are rated as experts or knowledgeable in a particular group?
By extension, can one look up who has 5 or 4 icons for a group?

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Tony Rebelo's picture

whoa - baby steps

I am having trouble getting the iSpot team to understand the importance and significance of SPECIES LISTS.
And now you want observer lists!!
What next? Numbers of observations per species or observer? Heaven forbid ...

Sorry, I should not take my frustrations out on you. I can tell you every month. Ask me.
In the meantime, we can bug the developers, but take note: the June upgrade and incorporation of iSpotZA into iSpot global was delayed until 1 July, until after iSpot global was upgraded. And you might notice, 30 June is gone and iSpot global is still not upgraded, and our dictionary update is still outstanding.
Sorry, wrong place and wrong time for a rant.

I have all this information at my fingertips. Please ask me when you want or need it. Tell me if it is something you regularly want, and I will set up SQLs to do the task. But note, the data dumps come monthly in the first week of every month (but because of the summer recess, it's posting to me is sometimes delayed by a week).

Meantime, look at www.ispot.org.za/Stats%20Update - the last summary was there, but precedes SeaKEys.

Pbsouthwood's picture

Interesting rather than important

I ask because I don't know if the information is available and I can't think of a suitable search string. It would be interesting to know and it might be useful to follow the trends if it was done regularly - who knows? I just like to look at the stats if they are available.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Mari-Lise's picture

SeaKeys GOLD

Is a badge awarded to:
* winners of competitions organized or sponsored by SeaKeys
OR
* who have way exceeded expectations on iSpot in contributing to the project.

Tony Rebelo's picture

Kool

SeaKeys is really a fantastic project!

Foolspeed ahead!

Pbsouthwood's picture

Badge link

The COS badge should probably link to the Celebrate our Seas article, http://www.ispot.org.za/node/277796 not back to the SeaKeys page.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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10000th SeaKeys tag?

http://www.ispotnature.org/node/634276 on 16th January 2015. Not the 10000th valid SeaKeys observation, as there are a few invalid ones.

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Elasmobranchs

Please tag your shark, ray and skate sightings and their eggcases with ELMO. As a citizen science project we are monitoring Elasmobranchs across the country and need every possible support. Thanks a lot!

ID keys for eggcases can be found on our website: http://elmoafrica.wix.com/elmo#!id/x249e

Lisa Schroeter
ELMO - South African Elasmobranch Monitoring
www.elmoafrica.org
www.facebook.com/elmoafrica

Tony Rebelo's picture

Shark Eggcases

The existing tag "Eggs" already contributes to the project http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/elasmobranch-egg-cases-of-southern-a...

So the tag ELMO is redundant. Anyone wishing to use it is welcome, but please ensure that you use "Eggs" as well.

The Elmo link is ELMO

Tony Rebelo's picture

Please post here

Please post more information about your project and links on this page on Shark Egg Cases: http://www.ispotnature.org/projects/elasmobranch-egg-cases-of-southern-a...

and this one - our underused Marine Form:
http://www.ispotnature.org/forum/32416

Andrew Deacon's picture

Madagascar

I am going to snorkel in Madagascar for a week and will photograph sea life as well as some terrestrial species. Will my photos have any value for the iSpot project? Andrew Deacon.

Andrew Deacon

Pbsouthwood's picture

Better late than never

Yes, anything in southern Africa is good

Peter Southwood.
Southern Underwater Research Group
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Andrew Deacon's picture

Madagascar

Peter, are you sure Madagascar belongs to southern Africa?

Andrew Deacon

Tony Rebelo's picture

No it does not

It belongs to the global community, and has quite a few observations already. More will be sorely appreciated.