Thorntail ray pups released by uShaka Sea World

Nine newborn thorntail rays (Dasyatis thetidis) were found swimming in the Open Ocean Exhibit at uShaka Marine World, after being born on 17 and 28 December 2014.

As staff conducted their regular early-morning exhibit inspections, the first batch of ray pups was spotted swimming around near the floor of the exhibit. The babies, born on 17 December, were left in the exhibit while staff waited for a second pregnant female to give birth. She did so 11 days later, bringing the baby total to nine.


Many South African fish now on the IUCN Red List

How often have you heard the term endangered or vulnerable, when talking about a species of animal or plant? Have you ever wondered how scientists work out which category a particular species belongs to?


Second ragged-tooth birth at uShaka Sea World

When uShaka Sea World aquarist Paul Lotter did his customary early-morning rounds on 4 December, he noticed that Notch, one of our largest female ragged-tooth sharks (Carcharias taurus), was not as plump as she’d been the night before.

Notch became famous two years ago when she gave birth to Storm, the first ragged-tooth pup birth ever captured on camera worldwide.


What do our visitors really want?

  • 02 December 2014 | Saambr | Category: Research

This is a question often asked by managers of many different attractions: aquariums to nature reserves, science centres to museums, tourism-based attractions such as whale-watching charters, and environmental education facilities.


Special needs learners hosted at uShaka Sea World

  • 28 November 2014 | Ann Kunz | Category: Education

Each year uShaka Sea World hosts an average of 1 500 young learners with special needs. Prior to their visit, the learners’ needs are explored and the experience adapted to accommodate their abilities. We had great fun with this year’s learners and are grateful to their teachers for entrusting their charges to our care.


Looking back to see the future – foraminifera hold the answers

Our planet has been through climate changes many times over millennia. We know this because scientists, including those at SAAMBR’s Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), study fossilised remains of plants and animals.


Working together to save the African penguin

According to the 2010 IUCN Red Data List, the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is heading for extinction. African penguin numbers in the wild have declined by up to 90% over the last 100 years. The 2012 census done in South Africa indicates that we lost over 1 500 pairs in a year, while the latest research indicates that there are fewer than 25 000 breeding pairs of penguins left in the wild. It is these facts that led to the species being declared endangered.

Sea World has housed African penguins since 1980, when the first stranded birds were received. Since then the colony has grown from strength to strength and hundreds of penguins have hatched successfully. In October 2013, after extensive work and many meetings, the African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) was published.


Selso is back again – in PE

After 10 months at sea, Selso the elephant seal has returned to South Africa after an adventurous trip to Antarctica and is currently resting at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth under the watchful eyes of Greg Hofmeyer and the Bayworld team.


Scientists and conservationists hold annual symposium in Howick

From 3 to 7 November, scientists and conservationists from around South Africa, and some of their international counterparts, gathered in Howick for the annual Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice, hosted by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and other organisations.


Protected African rock python in quarantine at uShaka Sea World

Earlier this week an adult female African rock python was brought to the quarantine centre at uShaka Sea World by KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife staff members who removed her from a man-vs-animal conflict situation.

Many South Africans are fearful of pythons, especially large adult ones, and many of these snakes are killed even though they are not poisonous.

African rock pythons are protected in South Africa as their numbers have decreased due to, among other factors, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.


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