The South African Bird Ringing Unit

Ringing birds around Africa!


On today’s menu, Cape Gannet

Kim Hunt(2019-04-11)

This week we received a phone call from the KZN Sharks Board, reporting one of our more interesting ring recoveries. They had found the remains of a Cape Gannet in the stomach of an 87 kg male Tiger Shark, while performing a dissection. The shark was caught in a shark net, set up to protect beach goers at Margate Beach in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Cape Gannet was originally ringed by Dr Klages, on Bird Island and Seal Island in Algoa Bay, on the 16th of July 2003. The Gannet remains were recovered by the KZN Sharks Board on the 4th of October 2018, approximately 507 km away from the initial ringing site.

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