Raggy Charters News

  • The tale of two Humpback whalesOur records during the last 23 years showed initially that Humpback whales finish passing Algoa Bay by the second week of January. During the last four years they have been gone by the end of November. Imagine our "delight" in finding two sub adults ...
    Monday, 20th January 2020
  • Ziggy the Elephant Seal releasedRaggy Charters were proud to be a part of the release of Ziggy, a 2 month old elephant seal who can now find his way home. You can follow Ziggy's journey and read his story on Port Elizabeth Museum Marine Mammals page. Thank you for skipper Warren Ta...
    Friday, 20th December 2019
  • Acoustic Research In Algoa BayRaggy Charters were very excited to be part of a research project in November 2019 with Warren Tarboton as skipper, taking Elena Schall and Sarah Taudein around the Bay. Read the full story by Sarah Taudien:
    Monday, 18th November 2019
  • Lilizela National Awards 2019Congratulation to the Raggy Charters Marine-Eco Cruises Team... Lilizela Awards 2019.. National Winners ... so proud !!
    Saturday, 9th November 2019
  • Algoa Bay Calendar 2020Raggy Charters are proud to have put together the 12th Edition of the Algoa Bay Calendar 2020, an assortment of wonderful photographs taken in our Bay over the last year by Owner Lloyd Edwards and Manager Jake Keeton. 
    Friday, 1st November 2019
    Friday, 20th September 2019
  • Whale Migration & Effects of Single Use Plastic - Knysna to KenyaThis year on the 16th of June we held our second annual celebration of the Arrival of the Whales Festival at Pine Lodge. This year the focus of the festival was to raise awareness of the northern humpback migration and the effects of single use plast...
    Monday, 9th September 2019
  • Northerly Humpback Whale Migration With the Northerly Humpback Whale migration in full swing the Raggy Charters team and our guests are being treated to some spectacular displays of aerobatics in the Bay. The shear number of whales that are currently passing our coastline is aston...
    Tuesday, 13th August 2019
  • White Humpback Whale seen off Cape RecifeWhite Humpback whale seen off Cape Recife.
    Friday, 2nd August 2019
  • Humpback Whale Calf Saved as Mother DisentangledIt all started as I was standing on my deck observing numerous Humpback whales breaching off Seaview. At 10am I saw a Humpback cruising past with a red buoy trailing about 200 metres behind it. I immediately called the National Sea Rescue Commander I...
    Monday, 24th June 2019
  • Celebrating the Arrival of the Whales FestivalThe 2nd Celebrating the Arrival of the Whales Festival was held at Pine Lodge on the 16th June in perfect weather. The emphasis this year was on trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste that enters the marine environment. The stalls were split be...
    Sunday, 16th June 2019
  • Tuesday, 14th May 2019
  • 2019's First large group of Humpback whales in Algoa BayKaren decided to run a Mother’s Day special for the “sardine run” cruise and we headed off into the bay with a full load of passengers. The weather was perfect, a flat sea and no wind predicted. We headed south past Cape Recife for around 5 mil...
    Sunday, 12th May 2019
  • Double Breach of Bottlenose Dolphins caught on camera!Algoa Bay Port Elizabeth is the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the world based on pod size and frequency of sightings. During the last few weeks our special bay has been living up to its reputation with some amazing sightings of not only massive pods ...
    Saturday, 4th May 2019
  • Thursday, 25th April 2019
  • Sardine Run action close to Port ElizabethWhat amazing Easter weekend’s “sardine run” action was had by all involved. Although the wind was close to gale force at times and the seas big, our new catamaran, "My China", managed to handle everything that was thrown at her. We hooked up wi...
    Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
  • 2019 Migratory Whale Season begins!Our Whale/Dolphin/Penguin Island Cruise that took place this last Saturday, 13 April turned out to be a special one for both crew and guests, marking the start of the 2019 migratory whale season for Raggy Charters.
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
  • Breaching Dwarf Minke Whale, Algoa Bay.Breaching Dwarf Minke Whale, Algoa Bay.
    Sunday, 7th April 2019
  • Wednesday, 16th January 2019
  • Cape Fur Seal Release at Bird IslandOn Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 8am myself, fellow skipper Warren Tarboton and Cherie Lawrence from Bayworld departed from the Port Elizabeth Harbour on our research/filming and backup boat Winkle. We were off to the Bird Island group which is 38 nauti...
    Tuesday, 15th January 2019
  • Port Elizabeth Museum Marine Mammals Seal ReleaseRaggy Charters Marine-Eco Cruises Assists Dr Greg Hofmeyr with 4 Sub Antartic & 1 Antarctic Seal Realease... Keep track of their progress on the Port Elizabeth Museum Marine Mammals Facebook Page, Dr Greg Hofmeyr will be posting bi-weekly updates...
    Thursday, 20th December 2018
  • Killer whales againLloyd's first St Croix tour on "My China"
    Wednesday, 5th December 2018
  • The release of Silky the Cape fur sealThe release of Silky the Cape fur seal at Black Rocks seal colony on the 5th of December. She had been in rehab at Bayworld for two months. 
    Wednesday, 5th December 2018
  • Killer Whale Family in the BayA fishing boat spotted this family of killer whales off the mouth of the Sunday's River this morning. To me it looked like an adult female, a sub-adult male, three other juveniles and a calf. The one had what looked like a piece of dolphin in its mou...
    Tuesday, 4th December 2018
  • Friday, 16th November 2018
  • Diving with Penguins by Pro Dive PEThank you Pro Dive for sharing this amazing footage with Raggy Charters.
    Thursday, 15th November 2018
  • Video of Sea trials with "My China"Butt Cat Boats presents the first of its kind - 10.1 metre Butt Cat XLW Walk Around. See the below video link.
    Wednesday, 7th November 2018
  • Raggy Charters launches new vessel, "My China"Butt Cat Boats, Atlin Chemicals CC, Suzuki Marine and Nauti-Tech Suzuki confirmed their commitment to marine conservation by making generous sponsorships towards the new research and marine eco cruise vessel, "My China". Without their support this ...
    Tuesday, 6th November 2018
  • Monday, 22nd October 2018
  • Thursday, 20th September 2018
  • Raggy Charters scoops Lilizela Tourism Awards for 4th time!On the 20th September, the Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards were held in East London. Raggy Charters received their 4th Award for the best Marine Adventures in the Eastern Cape. We have also won the National Award for the best Marine Adventures in ...
    Thursday, 20th September 2018
  • Thursday, 26th July 2018
  • Saturday, 14th July 2018
  • Celebrating the whales in Algoa Bay 2018This year Raggy Charters, conservation projects, private companies and NGOs will be hosting the Celebrating the Whales Festival on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 9am at the Pine Lodge Resort, Algoa Bay. The aim of the festival is to bring the people of...
    Friday, 15th June 2018
  • BBC Films Perfect Planet with Raggy ChartersSilverback Films,  who were producing a sequence for the BBC 1 series "Perfect Planet", worked with the Raggy Charters team in April and May of 2018. We are entrusted with taking the film crew out to find various marine species within Algoa Bay....
    Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
  • Shark-cage diving set to boost Bay tourism New venture first of its kind in the Eastern Cape   Shark-cage diving looks set to start in Nelson Mandela Bay soon. Port Elizabeth-based Raggy Charters was at the Tourism Indaba in Durban yesterday to market the new venture, the first of its...
    Thursday, 10th May 2018
  • Thursday, 3rd May 2018
  • Saturday, 28th April 2018
  • Our Research Fleet is ExpandingWe at Raggy Charters are thrilled to announce that the arrival of our new research vessel is in sight. After searching high and low for corporate assistance to fund the new research vessel, three companies were eager to help sponsor the expansion of ...
    Tuesday, 16th January 2018
  • Raggy Charters Win Best Marine Adventure in South Africa!After winning the award for Best Marine Adventure in the Eastern Cape at the provincial Lilizela awards held in East London on 21 September 2017 Raggy charters went on to attend the National Lilizela Tourism awards ceremony held on 29 October 2017 at...
    Wednesday, 6th December 2017
  • Raggy Charters Win Best Marine Adventure in Eastern Cape - 10/2017On Thursday 21 September 2017 the Raggy Charters team together with the "best of the best" of tourism attended the Lilizela Tourism Awards held in East London. Being aware of the level of competition the Raggy Charters team were overjoyed when they r...
    Monday, 2nd October 2017
  • Wednesday, 9th November 2016
  • Lloyd Edwards from Raggy Charters was recently awarded the OWL AwardLloyd Edwards from Raggy Charters was recently awarded the OWL Awards for his outstanding contribution to the conservation of birds in South Africa. The annual ceremony took place on the 6th October at the beautiful Beachwood Gardens in Hyde Park, Jo...
    Thursday, 3rd November 2016
  • Washed up whale found between Kini Bay and Lourie's BayA 15 metre whale washed up at St Francis Bay last Thursday, 27 October 2016. This was eventually towed back out to sea to decompose further. Although, the caption in yesterday's Burger says that is was a Southern Right Whale, it was infact a Hump...
    Monday, 31st October 2016
  • Raggy Charters Win Best Marine Adventure in South Africa!On Sunday 16th October 2016 the "Best of The Best" in the tourism industry gathered together for the Lilizela Tourism Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. Last month the provincial awards were held and out of the 589 finalists, 2...
    Tuesday, 18th October 2016
  • Sunday, 16th October 2016
  • Monday, 10th October 2016
  • Algoa Bay is Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the WorldOn Monday 18th April 2016 Algoa Bay was officially launched as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World. Raggy Charters and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism hosted the launch at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club with over 270 people attending. After talking to v...
    Tuesday, 19th April 2016
  • Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
  • Thursday, 17th March 2016
  • Thursday, 11th February 2016
  • Tuesday, 3rd November 2015
  • Coastal Clean-Up Day Saw PE Residents Rally!Saturday 19th September was International Coastal Clean-Up Day. All over the world beach clean-ups were organised in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage and plastic pollution that plague our oceans. Each year 8 million tons of plastic is dumped...
    Thursday, 24th September 2015
  • Raggy Charters Assist Alikreukel BustThis is the forth Alikreukel arrest members from the Seaview Community have assisted with in the last year. The problem is getting a bit out of hand and escalating. The biggest problem is that the inspectors are so far from Seaview and take a while t...
    Tuesday, 15th September 2015
  • Tuesday, 9th June 2015
  • Monday, 8th June 2015
  • Celebrate World Oceans Day with Beach Clean-Ups!The World Cetacean Alliance is an organisation dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises. They have recently launched the 'Net Effect' campaign as they work to reduce the impact of ghost nets on marine wildlife. These fishing nets...
    Sunday, 3rd May 2015
  • Alikreukel Suspects ArrestedAt 11:18 this morning members of the Seaview community reported people illegally collecting Alikreukel (South African Turban sea snails) in front of Main Road. A call was made to Inspector Dennis Mostert from DAFF and he dispatched an inspector to th...
    Tuesday, 20th January 2015
  • Sunday, 11th January 2015
  • Wednesday, 31st December 2014
  • Saturday, 27th December 2014
  • Tuesday, 16th December 2014
  • More Humpback Calves StrugglingThe 2014 whale watching season has provided us with some great encounters, and we have been seeing a huge increase in calf numbers, along the entire South African coastline. Most whale sightings have included calves, among both the Southern right and...
    Thursday, 20th November 2014
  • Thursday, 20th November 2014
  • Southern Right Whale Dolphins Off Southern AfricaSouth Africa is pretty lucky when it comes to our abundant marine life and the various species we encounter here. Some only provide rare sightings but we can still boast that 11,130 different species of marine animals inhabit our shores. One of the m...
    Tuesday, 18th November 2014
  • Successful 2014 For Raggy ChartersDuring the 15th South African Marine Science Symposium, held in July of this year, various medals and awards were presented and our very own resident scientist and Raggy Charters co-owner Dr Lorien Pichegru was honoured with the SANCOR Emerging Sc...
    Monday, 3rd November 2014
  • Thursday, 30th October 2014
  • Saturday, 18th October 2014
  • Raggy Charters Assists Algoa Bay Hope SpotThe Algoa Bay Hope Spot will be launched by Dr Sylvia Earle on 11th December 2014, and recently Raggy Charters own Dr Lorien Pichegru became Committee Chair of the ABHS council. Her roles are to help organise public events and raise awareness about m...
    Monday, 13th October 2014
  • Wednesday, 17th September 2014
  • Wednesday, 10th September 2014
  • Sunday, 10th August 2014
  • Rare White Humpback Whale Spotted Off Port ElizabethMost people have heard of Migaloo, the rare white humpback whale, that has been sighted off the coast of Australia since 1991. This whale was the only documented white humpback whale in the world, until 2011 when another 100% white humpback calf was ...
    Saturday, 2nd August 2014
  • Raggy Charters and NSRI Work Together To Free Entangled Humpback WhaleAt 14:40 on the 28th July 2014, I received a call from Irene Rule of Blue Horizon Bay telling me that I was about to go to sea! One of the residents of Maitland's Hill, Andre, had reported an entangled whale about 1km offshore from the river mouth. A...
    Tuesday, 29th July 2014
  • Dr Lorien Pichegru Receives Emerging Scientist AwardDuring the 15th South African Marine Science Symposium, held in July of this year, various medals and awards were presented and our very own Dr Lorien Pichegru was honoured with the SANCOR Emerging Scientist Award. This award was established to ackno...
    Monday, 21st July 2014
  • Orca Family Visits Port ElizabethA family of five orcas (killer whales) were observed on a recent whale watching trip with Raggy Charters. Three adults and two juveniles swam closeby and as the adults moved off the adolescents stayed with our whale watching vessel, Orca 2, and playe...
    Thursday, 17th July 2014
  • Saturday, 12th July 2014
  • Raggy Charters Supports Hope Spot With Logo & Beach Clean-UpsAlgoa Bay is soon to be launched as one of South Africa's five Hope Spots. Mission Blue has been declaring special marine conesrvation areas all over the world as Hope Spots, as they are critical to the health of our oceans. With the support of the S...
    Friday, 4th July 2014
  • Raggy Charters Launches Wildside Beachwalkers InitiativePlastic pollution on our beaches seems set to stay for the foreseeable future, and one may ask what can be done? Everyone is very quick to point fingers at the chokka and fishing industry, foreign ships and the authorities who fail to do anything abo...
    Sunday, 1st June 2014
  • Algoa Bay Hope SpotMission Blue has been helping to establish important marine areas around the globe as 'Hope Spots'. The idea is that by putting protection in place around these diverse ecosystems we can hope to save and restore the whole ocean. So far 50 Hope Spots ...
    Friday, 23rd May 2014
  • Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal in Port ElizabethSo I was taking my wife and dogs for my birthday walk at Maitland's River Mouth when I came across this adult Sub-Antarctic fur seal lying asleep on the beach. It was obviously very tired as it had a pile of sand building up on its windward side. I w...
    Tuesday, 20th May 2014
  • Sunday, 11th May 2014
  • Carte Blanche Documentary on St Croix MPAOwners of Raggy Charters, Lloyd Edwards and Dr Lorien Pichegru (lead researcher in to the decline of the African penguin population), recently took the top documentary team in South Africa, "Carte Blanche", out to visit the largest breeding colony of...
    Friday, 25th April 2014
  • Killer Whale Attack on Bottlenose Dolphin in Algoa BayRaggy Charters took a few tourists out on the 2nd March on a Penguin Island Cruise, and as usual hoped to spot some dolphins as well. They got a lot more than that when they came across a lone male killer whale which they then observed hunting & ...
    Friday, 28th March 2014
  • Toxic Red Tide comes to Algoa BayLast year we had reports of red tide (a reddish coloured phytoplankton) in Algoa Bay, however, it was a harmless type which actually benefited the local marine life, as zooplankton and then baitfish gorged themselves. This year we're seeing a more da...
    Tuesday, 21st January 2014
  • Thursday, 19th December 2013
  • Seismic Surveys Affecting Whale MigrationWith humpback whales migrating past Algoa Bay til as late as January, we are trying to delay the seismic surveys until after this point in order to minimalize the negative effects of these tests. Read the full article below...
    Thursday, 12th December 2013
  • Sunday, 8th December 2013
  • Thursday, 14th November 2013
  • Humpback Whales in Port Elizabeth HarbourThese two humpback whales spent nearly the entire day swimming around the harbour entrance, seemingly enjoying themselves. The NSRI was called out to assess the situation and two tug boats preceded to 'herd' them out of the way in order to get a ship...
    Wednesday, 25th September 2013
  • Sub Antarctic Fur Seals Visit Port ElizabethTwo young sub Antarctic fur seals were found stranded along the Eastern cape shoreline. They were injured and underweight so were taken to Bayworld where they were rehabilitated and released once strong enough. These seals come from about 1600km Sout...
    Saturday, 14th September 2013
  • Mating Frenzie in Algoa BayFor the past few weeks Algoa Bay has been home to large numbers of Southern right whales who have come to the warm waters of the South African coast to breed and give birth. Guests have witnessed whales during the act of mating and even more spectacu...
    Tuesday, 27th August 2013
  • Penguin's found in Port Elizabeth covered in oilAn oil spill near Knysna has started to affect the marine life found along the South African coast. Already three African penguins (which are endangered) have been found in Port Elizabeth covered with oil and have been taken to SAMREC for rehabilitat...
    Friday, 16th August 2013
  • First Southern Right Whales of the SeasonA group of 10 Southern right whales were spotted on Sunday 21st July, near Coega harbour. Three males were seen fighting for the attention of a disinterested female and others were seen breaching further away. It was a spectacular sight and the guest...
    Tuesday, 30th July 2013
  • Noise Pollution affecting whales in South AfricaAs a result of loud sonar used in military exercises whales within range have been found to stop feeding and move away, possibly to extreme depths which may be the cause of some mass strandings.
    Saturday, 6th July 2013
  • Elephant Seal Visits Algoa BayA large male elephant seal was spotted resting on St Croix Island. Elephant seals often explore new areas but we hope it doesn't cause any problems for the resident penguins. Read the full article here.
    Thursday, 27th June 2013
  • Sardine Run in Port ElizabethThe annual sardine run hits Algoa Bay, bringing with it all the top marine predators in the area. Whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, penguins, Cape gannets and other seabirds can all be seen in the bay following the shoals of fish.
    Saturday, 22nd June 2013
  • BBC Earthflight film team in Port Elizabeth
    BBC Films Gannets in Algoa BayFilm makers from the popular BBC documentary series Earthflight have returned to Port Elizabeth to film a 3D recap of their segments on gannets and the famous sardine run.
    Tuesday, 18th June 2013
  • Two visitors to Port Elizabeth enjoyed a feast of spectacular whale watching with dolphins and pengu
    Visitors' Whale Watching FeastTwo visitors to Port Elizabeth enjoyed a feast of spectacular whale watching with dolphins and penguins besides.
    Monday, 24th December 2012
  • Rare White Southern Right Calf in Algoa BayA rare white Southern right calf and it's mother make Algoa Bay their home for nearly three weeks. Read the full article here.
    Thursday, 18th October 2012
  • Lloyd Edwards amazes with Marine PresentationLloyd Edwards gave a marine presentation to the Friends of the Heritage Centre. His knowledge of the whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, penguins and other birds in Algoa Bay kept his audience spellbound, each of them learning something new.
    Wednesday, 18th July 2012
  • Raggy Charters secures whale watching permitRaggy Charters secured the only permit in the city to undertake boat-based whale and dolphin watching. This allows guests to get close to whales and dolphins- approaching them at a 50 metre distance. Other vessels are not allowed closer than 300 metr...
    Wednesday, 27th July 2011
  • Algoa Bay penguin numbers declining sharply
    Port Elizabeth Penguin Numbers DecliningInternational researcher heads up team to discover reasons for the sharp decline in penguin numbers in Algoa Bay.(Weekend Post)
    Thursday, 23rd June 2011
  • Penguins Starving in Algoa Bay
    Fundraising to Protect PenguinsFunding is being sought to acquire sonar equipment to monitor the fish which are the penguins' food source.  (Translated from Die Burger, 26 Feb 2011).
    Saturday, 26th February 2011
  • Sonar can monitor penguin starvation
    Algoa Bay Penguins Starving - Sonar Can Show WhyDr Lorien Pichegru's research is focused on the premise that our penguins are starving to death.
    Friday, 25th February 2011

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