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Animals rescued in 2020


Whales assisted to date


Volunteers specially trained to do whale disentanglements

Our Planet

The greatest long-term threat to our existence is climate change and the lack of care of our environment. The NSRI believes in doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment. We also advocate the conservation of South Africa’s marine areas and support animal rescues.

Why our planet matters

Water crises in the Western, Eastern and Southern Cape, extreme weather conditions and devastating wildfires have all underlined the importance of the environment to sustainability and livelihoods.

What Sea Rescue is doing

We have taken a position with regards to conservation to identify with initiatives to conserve marine animals, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds, and actively participate in programmes related to protecting these species. We are positively against marine pollution of a solid, biological and chemical nature and lobby local government to improve their systems. We understand the impact that marine pollution has on human health and our activism relates to our values around human life. The ocean cannot continue to absorb the waste it is confronted with and we must make internal and external effort as an organisation to reduce pollution.

We are conscious of energy requirements and its impact on the environment, and we are constantly striving to reduce our environmental footprint through more efficient sources and mechanisms like LED lighting, four-stroke outboard motors, building insulation and reduced travel.

Help us to protect our planet.

Why it works

The results of our energy-efficient and water-saving strategies have led to a reduction in our overall carbon footprint. Our facilities and assets reflect a culture of safety and concern for the environment. We strive to create awareness around the preservation of natural resources, including marine wildlife, and will always respond to marine animals in distress. Around 140 Sea Rescue volunteers, operating from 18 stations, have been trained to perform whale disentanglements.


How you can help

Members of the public play an important role in alerting rescue services when they encounter animals in distress. If possible, stay with the animal until help arrives. But don’t attempt a rescue yourself as this may be dangerous. We have specialised teams of volunteers who know what to do
Reduce, reuse and recycle and encourage family, friends and colleagues to do the same
Organise beach clean-ups with your school, club or a group of friends. Coastal birds are particularly vulnerable to small bits of plastic and pieces of rope or netting that wash ashore
Live consciously with the planet’s future in mind

Read more about Animal Rescue

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 21 December 2021

Managing seal rescues on the east coast

In recent months, Station 37 (Jeffreys Bay) has been involved in a larger than normal number of seal rescues. We find out how volunteers manage the rescues, ask the experts why strandings occur, and advise members of the public what they can do to help.

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 16 December 2021

A Green Turtle on the road to recovery - Port Edward

At 17h54, Tuesday, 14 December, NSRI Port Edward and Mpenjati Conservancy were alerted by bystanders to a sea turtle appearing to be injured on Umkhobi Beach, Kent Bay.

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WHALE RESCUE  | Published: 16 December 2021

Whales assisted in a disentanglement operation:

At 07h15, Tuesday, 14 December, SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) volunteers were activated following reports of a whale entangled in fishing rope that appeared to be anchored to the sea bed off-shore South West of Dassen Island.

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 25 October 2021

Caring for marine life in need

Marine Week, which takes place during the second week of October each year, aims to create awareness around the conservation of South Africa’s marine life and coastal environments. What better time than now to acknowledge those who work tirelessly to assist the animals and birds that find themselves in harm’s way.

ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 28 September 2021

Saving 'Sea Legs'

When reports came flooding in that a dog was in the middle of Hartbeespoort Dam struggling to make her way to shore, Station 25 (Hartbeespoort Dam) wasted no time in launching to find and save her.

ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 28 September 2021

Juvenile humpback whale freed from fishing rope

When reports of a juvenile humpback whale caught in a fishing rope inside of the Port of Gqeberha were received by the South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN), a group of volunteers immediately sprang into action.