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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


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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 19 May 2024

“Shellebrating” World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day is celebrated on 23 May. The NSRI collaborates with major aquariums for marine animal rescues, including turtles, and has a duty of care for these special creatures.

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 27 February 2024

World Whale Day

Sunday, 18 February, was World Whale Day, a day to honour these majestic aquatic animals, which play a vital role in the ecosystem. NSRI regularly assists whales in distress, whether beached or entangled in fishing nets and recently assisted two dwarf sperm whales in Melkbosstrand.

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 27 February 2024

WATCH: Trapped sunfish gets second chance

NSRI swimmers and marine wildlife specialists from Two Oceans Aquarium teamed up to assist a trapped sunfish in Bantry Bay earlier this year.

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 29 January 2024

Baby seal gets a ‘lift’ home

On 23 December, Station 6 (Gqeberha) duty crew received a call from Bayworld to assist with the return of a baby Cape fur seal to its home base.

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ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 3 December 2023

Double Operation Triumph: NSRI Hout Bay Executes Aerial Rescue for Dehydrated Hikers and Swiftly Responds to Save Local Woman with CPR

NSRI Hout Bay were alerted by Hout Bay CCP (Community Crime Prevention) control room of a group of hikers, locals, 2 adult females, an adult male and their dog, who had lost their way and were reporting to be dehydrated on the Hangberg hiking trail, between Hout Bay and Sandy Bay.

ANIMAL RESCUE  | Published: 1 November 2023

Swordfish beaches itself in Gordon's Bay

At 18h38, Tuesday, 30 October, NSRI Gordons Bay duty crew were requested by CoCT MASN (City of Cape Town Marine Animal Stranding Network) to assist at Gordons Bay Beach where a Sword Fish had beached.