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The only South African snake that can be identified as male or female by sight is the boomslang or African tree snake.
The sea urchin is an Eastern delicacy related to the sand dollar.
African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) like those at Sea World are endemic to South Africa and they’re also endangered.
South Africa’s deepest diving whale is the sperm whale.
A dolphin is classified as a mammal because it suckles its young.
The sunbeam snake has two fully functional lungs.
All spiders moult at least once during their lifetime.
The Cape fur seal has two layers of fur to keep it warm in the cold water.
Four different animals make up a single bluebottle.
The warm ocean stream that runs along the west Indian Ocean coastline is the Aghulas Current.
A spinner dolphin can complete two to five spins in a single leap.
Not all fish have scales.
The scientific name for the seals at uShaka Sea World is Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus.
Loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore on northern KwaZulu-Natal beaches to lay their eggs.
The oldest penguin living at Sea World is more than 30 years old.
Some sea apples are so toxic that the secretions they produce, when stressed, may kill other animals sharing the exhibit.
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