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?


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.


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Eco House opens in February

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