Our dolphins

One of our residents, Gambit, is believed to be the largest bottlenose dolphin in any oceanarium in the world. His average weight is around 490kg and he is 3.65m long. Read more about our dolphins...


Environmental action

The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List of 2010. Find out what you can do to help the environment here.

Our seals

Many of the seals living at uShaka Sea World were stranded along our coast, and joined our thriving colony after extensive treatment and rehabilitation. Read more about our seals...

Turtle rehabilitation

One of uShaka Sea World’s most successful turtle rehabilitation stories is that of Napoleon, who spent seven months in hospital before being introduced to the Turtle exhibit. Read more about our animal rescue

Dangerous Creatures

This Sri Lankan palm viper is one of the many creepy creatures to be found in our Dangerous Creatures exhibit along with hairy tarantulas, black mambas, poison-dart frogs, rattlesnakes and more... Turn fear into fascination here



ORI celebrates 30 years of citizen science through its tag-and-release project

  • Stuart Dunlop | 31 August 2015 | Category: Research, uShaka news, Conservation

Sign up for coastal cleanup day to secure your spot in September

  • Ann Kunz | 13 August 2015 | Category: Conservation

Learners explore the possibilities of a marine career

  • Ann Kunz | 12 August 2015 | Category: Education

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Did you know ?

Not all fish have scales.

The Cape fur seal has two layers of fur to keep it warm in the cold water.

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.

African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) like those at Sea World are endemic to South Africa and they’re also endangered.

Some sea apples are so toxic that the secretions they produce, when stressed, may kill other animals sharing the exhibit.

South Africa’s deepest diving whale is the sperm whale.

A spinner dolphin can complete two to five spins in a single leap.

The sea urchin is an Eastern delicacy related to the sand dollar.

The scientific name for the seals at uShaka Sea World is Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus.

Four different animals make up a single bluebottle.

A dolphin is classified as a mammal because it suckles its young.

All spiders moult at least once during their lifetime.

The sunbeam snake has two fully functional lungs.

The warm ocean stream that runs along the west Indian Ocean coastline is the Aghulas Current.

The only South African snake that can be identified as male or female by sight is the boomslang or African tree snake.

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Aquarists assist with koi relocation at Mitchell Park Zoo

When I received a request from the curator of Mitchell Park Zoo for assistance in moving their koi fish from… Read more »

SAAMBR hosts successful PAAZA conference

In May this year SAAMBR hosted the annual conference of the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) at the… Read more »

Handfeeding rays is a truly memorable experience

I’m standing waist-deep in the clear waters of uShaka Sea World’s ray pool, gloves and booties on, a lump of… Read more »

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Latest Research

Monitoring our coastal invertebrates

The rocky shores, sandy beaches and estuaries of KwaZulu-Natal support a multitude of invertebrates (animals without an internal backbone).

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Updated publication of the 'visboekie' celebrated at ORI

Bruce Mann and co-authors have completed an epic revision of the Southern African Marine Linefish Species Profiles (aka the “Visboekie”).… Read more »

BRUV: new insight into offshore reef marine life

Baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems offer a relatively new method to study marine fish on offshore reefs. Using a… Read more »

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uShaka Sea World is a division of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research, (SAAMBR) which meets the challenges of marine conservation through its three divisions, uShaka Sea World, the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) and the Sea World Education Centre.

Sea World is driven by a committed team that is passionate about marine conservation and dedicated to the animals in its care.

Sea World is a part of uShaka Marine World, a unique marine theme park, located in Durban on the east coast of South Africa. Including Sea World, the Wet 'n Wild Water Park and the uShaka Village Walk shopping centre, this unique destination is a premier tourist attraction that offers something for everyone.

The park is open 365 days a year with operating times dependent on season.

Qualified staff are on hand throughout Sea World to interpret the exhibits and to inspire you to learn more about the oceans. They also share insight on how you can make a positive difference to our planet.


uShaka Sea World: Educating children about our marine heritage