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Rocky shore biology course – a guide for rock pool explorers

Rocky shore biology course – a guide for rock pool explorers

by Katja Laingui -
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This course is aimed at anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn more about the amazing rocky shore ecosystem found along the Cape Peninsula shoreline. What is the difference between the two oceans off the southern African coastline? Which animals and seaweeds can you find living in the rock pools? When is the best time to visit these rock pools? What impacts do we have on the ocean and what can we do to mitigate these impacts?  

The course will include content and identification of the main seaweed species found in the rocky shore environment. We will cover the three main groups of sea weeds, highlighting the main species in each, such as purple laver (also known as nori) and Dead Man’s Fingers. You will also learn about, and how to identify, the main invertebrate groups that call this harsh and turbulent environment their home. Learn about the amazing echinoderms and their pentaradial symmetry, or mollusca and the great variety that exists on the rocky shore. This will lead into discussions around how they are adapted to these specific environments and the human impacts we have on this dynamic ecosystem.  

The course is split between self-study modules on our e-learning platform and live Zoom sessions with our teachers. Live sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for four weeks, from 17h30 to 19h30 (GMT+2). 

Course details: 

Dates: 2 to 25 February 2021 

Duration: Four weeks 

Format: Weekly self-study topics, with live Zoom sessions with our teachers 

Live sessions: 17h30 to 19h30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Cost: R1000 per learner  

To sign-up and pay, visit our website 

(Edited by Anzio Abels - original submission Monday, 14 September 2020, 12:13 PM)