PROJECTS AND EXPEDITIONS
Wreckless Divers, together with Mike and Alan Fraser from Pumula in KwaZulu-Natal, were the first to discover and film coelacanths outside of the iSimangaliso Marine Protected Area. We filmed three individual specimens in the Umzumbe canyon of the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal over a period of 3 years and shared the images with the South African National Biodiversity Institute.
Wreckless Marine is currently mapping Rocky Banks, which is an offshore shoal situated south off False Bay. We are also diving on the interesting features of this extensive reef system, and we have collected kelp samples for a study being conducted by the University of Cape Town.
For a number of years the Wreckless team has collaborated with Peter Southwood of SURG Maps on the exploration and mapping of the Whittle Rock reef complex. The main reef and a large surrounding area has now been fully mapped using multibeam sonar. A huge expanse of new reef has been found and mapped. New dive sites have been identified and dived, on an ongoing basis.
Wreckless Marine has mapped and dived extensively on this biologically sensitive, offshore reef situated 7 nautical miles southwest of the Knysna Heads. In collaboration with Georgina Jones of the Southern Underwater Research Group (SURG), biodiversity is being recorded and shared with the relevant experts around the world.
Cape Peninsula Shipwrecks
South Africa has a rich maritime history stretching back to the 1400s. Given the strategic importance of the shipping route around the Cape and the stormy conditions that can prevail in these parts, the Cape coast is home to several hundred shipwrecks, most of which have not been mapped. The locations of many are still unknown.
Wreckless Marine is in the process of mapping significant wrecks, known and unknown, along the Cape Peninsula coastline.