Fact Sheets

Greater yellowtail

(Seriola dumerili)

Greater yellowtail are the largest of the three yellowtail species (Seriola) found in South African waters; they have an amber stripe running along the midside of the body and the second dorsal and anal fins are shorter than in the similar looking longfin yellowtail (Seriola rivoliana).


Honeycomb moray eel

(Gymnothorax favagineus)

This is one of the largest, conspicuous moray eels with a distinctive brown to black body and a yellowish-white honeycomb pattern.




Kob (salmon, kabeljou, croaker, drum) belong to the scientific group of fish named the Sciaenidae. They are common throughout the world and are highly valued as table fish. About nine different species of Sciaenids are found off South Africa; the most common are the squaretail kob , silver kob, dusky kob or dagga salmon and the snapper kob.


Land hermit crab

(Coenobita cavipes)

Hermit crabs live inland and only go to the beach to breed and to wet their bodies. They bury themselves below the high water mark by day.


Life cycle of the marine turtle

Chelonia mydas, Lepidochelys olivacea, Caretta caretta, Eretmochelys imbricate, Dermochelys coriacea

All species of marine turtles have the same general life cycle – they grow slowly and take decades to reach sexual maturity. They occupy differing habitats at various stages of their lives and are capable of long migrations of up to thousands kilometres between foraging grounds and nesting beaches.