There's a zebra in my shark exhibit!

  • 19 March 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

A leopard may be unable to change its spots, but a zebra can change its stripes – a zebra shark, that is. The two zebra sharks on display in the Reef Predator Exhibit are making history as the first of their species to be housed at uShaka Sea World.


Selso the seal heads south – part two

After spending three months in recovery at Bayworld Aquarium in Port Elizabeth after once again stranding on a beach, Selso the seal was released on 27 February, 50 nautical miles off the Eastern Cape coastline, from where he will head for Antarctica.


uShaka Sea World hosts five day workshop for KZN Small Scale Fisheries monitors

The uShaka Sea World Education Centre has welcomed 23 KwaZulu-Natal Small Scale Fisheries monitors and co-ordinators for a week of interactive training.


Workshop held to address potential coastal and marine mass stranding

What would we do if there was a mass stranding of marine mammals on a KwaZulu-Natal beach? This was the question answered at a recent workshop hosted by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife and uShaka Sea World at uShaka Sea World in Durban.


New jellyfish exhibit mesmerises visitors

  • 20 February 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

Visitors to the Aquarium heading towards the Open Ocean gallery are in for a wonderful surprise as the cylindrical exhibit is pulsating with blue jellyfish, also known as rubber jellyfish (Calostylus mosaicus). The species is unmistakable with its bell-shaped body pulsating through the water in a distinctive, staccato-like rhythm. Constantly on the move, these jellyfish range in colour from a light blue to dark purple or burgundy, depending on their food intake. Having both muscle fibres and nerve fibres means they are capable of directional movement either by contracting or extending their bodies. Since they are larger than any of the other jellyfish in the Aquarium, visitors appear content to linger and photograph the “jellies” for ages.


Show your love for the ocean this February

  • 09 February 2015 | Judy Mann, conservation strategist | Category: Education

February is the month of love and at SAAMBR, we celebrate our love of the ocean in many ways. The work that we do caring for and rehabilitating seals, penguin, turtles and other marine animals is a true labour of love. Our team is rewarded for countless hours of work and many sleepless nights by seeing the healthy animal swimming away in the ocean.


SAAMBR flag flies high at Science for Sustainability event in Germany

  • 04 February 2015 | Judy Mann, conservation strategist | Category: Research

The ancient city of Bremen in northern Germany in temperatures of 2°C was an unlikely place to be discussing the challenges of communicating marine science in the tropics. However, in mid-January 2015, this was the venue for the first ZMT Workshop on Science for Sustainability – the Contribution of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange. And SAAMBR was in attendance.


uShaka Sea World and Two Oceans join forces to save turtles

On Thursday 29 January 2015 a team of uShaka Sea World staff and Renee Leeuwner, of the Two Oceans Aquarium, headed out to sea with 17 young loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on board, ready for release. 


New appointment for Emma, the education expert

uShaka Sea World Formal Education Department staff member Emma Chiliza has contributed greatly to the marine education of hundreds of learners since the aquarium opened in 2004. In recognition of her valuable contribution, Emma was recently promoted to School Operations Manager.


'Healthy People need Healthy Oceans' theme for 2015

  • 13 January 2015 | Judy Mann, conservation strategist | Category: Conservation

For many of us the new year is an opportunity to start again, to make resolutions that we intend to keep, and to make changes to our lives that will make us happier, healthier, thinner or fitter. This year, why not include the environment in your plans?


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