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A dream comes true at uShaka Sea World

  • 08 May 2013 | Wayne Sumpton – assistant operations manager | Category: Education

Being a water baby and growing up surfing, swimming and free diving, it seemed logical to enrol for an open-water recreational dive course. I took my first breath on scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) at Kings Park swimming pool in 2003.

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Energy saving in the heart of uShaka

  • 25 April 2013 | Siva Govender – Assistant Manager Maintenance and Engineering

One of the great advantages of being a leader in the Technical Department at uShaka Sea World is that you inspire and become inspired on a daily basis. So when I was tasked with assisting the team to reduce electricity consumption in the water purification plant, it became a team project.

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A love affair with trees

  • 28 March 2013 | Margaret Hamilton | Category: Conservation

Having been brought up on a hillside in Ireland overlooking the ocean, my love affair with nature began when I was very young. As an adult while sailing the Atlantic and Pacific, I saw many things that horrified and distressed me, worst of all an abundance of pollution and the horrific effects of pollution on marine animals.

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Waddling for the love of penguins

I have been working at SAAMBR for more than 13 years in the public relations, education and administration departments, and yet 2013 will be my very first Penguin Waddle.

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Sindi shares her love of the sea in a special way

  • 01 March 2013 | Sindi Ngubane, marine educationist | Category: Conservation

After completing my matric, I studied human resources and worked in the corporate field for a few years. However, in my heart I yearned to work in the marine environment as I love fish and understand the importance of conserving the world as we know it.

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A passion for marine conservation and dolphins

  • 22 February 2013 | Lungisani Mbhele | Category: Conservation

I became a dolphin trainer because I am passionate about animals, especially dolphins, as they are intelligent, beautiful creatures that have taught me a lot about life. I am also very passionate about marine conservation and sharing my concern for the health of the oceans with as many people as I am able to.

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Valentine's Day preparations sealed with a kiss

  • 07 February 2013 | Jonathan Ellerbeck (Animal Behaviourist) | Category: Education

This morning our public relations department asked us to participate in uShaka’s Valentine’s Day celebration preparations. The request – a photo of two seals sharing a romantic dinner.

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Oscar the water monitor gets his discharge papers

  • 01 February 2013 | Lesley Labuschagne

Sometimes in life, you get a day against which all others are measured – and today was that day. After 29 weeks of spending countless hours caring for Oscar the water monitor, I was able to watch him confidently stride down a grassy slope and dive head-first into a dam.

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Kelp delivery earns seal of approval at uShaka Sea World

  • 18 October 2012 | Jonathan Ellerbeck | Category: Species

On Friday, October 12, 2012, a delivery of fresh kelp presented to our resident South African fur seals (Cape fur seals) was welcomed with flippers wide open.

For the past 10 years uShaka Sea World has been fortunate to receive a quarterly donation of fresh kelp from Kelpak, a Cape Town-based company, which the seals love. They enjoy chewing on the long stems, tugging on the leaves, swimming through and under it, entertaining their trainers in the process.

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Saving a water monitor

  • 11 October 2012 | Lesley Labuschagne

Sunday 23 September began as a normal working day for me in the Dangerous Creatures exhibit at uShaka Sea World, but before midday my life had changed.

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Giant bullfrog gets a finger snack

The giant bullfrog is one of my favourite amphibians –…

All in a day’s work for an uShaka Sea World diver

It’s incredible that a diver can burn up to 20…

Fathers and daughters share a special bond

I left home for work at about 6am this morning…

Kelp delivery earns seal of approval at uShaka Sea World

On Friday, October 12, 2012, a delivery of fresh kelp…

Giant bullfrog gets a finger snack

The giant bullfrog is one of my favourite amphibians –…

Penguin Promises promoted on air

On International Penguin Day last year I was listening to…

All in a day’s work for an uShaka Sea World diver

It’s incredible that a diver can burn up to 20…

Fathers and daughters share a special bond

I left home for work at about 6am this morning…