Living Legend: John Ballard

  • 05 June 2017 | Ann Kunz

After leaving school in 1957, John Ballard worked in forestry and then proceeded to University for a BSc degree. In 1962 he joined CSIR National Physics laboratory, engaged in physical oceanography off Durban. He transferred to the national Institute for Water Research, doing marine pollution surveys and toxicology.


Ford Wildlife Foundation donates vehicle to ORI in support of coral reef conservation

The Oceanographic Research Institute’s Coral Reef Programme has shifted into top gear thanks to the handover of a new Ford Ranger bakkie to the research team on 17 May 2017. The handover forms part of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s commitment to the conservation and preservation of the environment in sub-Saharan Africa.


World Turtle Day: turtle hatchling killed by plastic pollution

World Turtle Day celebrates these noble animals and encourages people to take action to help protect them from the perils of plastic.


The fourth International Animal Welfare Symposium at the Detroit Zoo

SAAMBR’s CEO has just returned from the Detroit Zoo in the United States, where he attended the fourth International Animal Welfare Symposium.


Heart-warming and meaningful – celebrating Sea World's Voluntary Guides

  • 16 May 2017

uShaka Sea World has honoured its Voluntary Guides, who have been the backbone of its education work since 1975.


SAAMBR veterinary clinic gets the nod from South African Veterinary Council

SAAMBR’s uShaka Sea World veterinary clinic is now officially registered with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC). As anticipated, reaching this milestone was not an easy task, as the uShaka Sea World treatment centre is very different from other veterinary clinics in South Africa in that it looks after marine species.


Five uShaka Sea World staff to tackle 120km Penguin Promises Waddle

Five uShaka Sea World representatives will be among the “waddlers” this year: Gabby Harris, who will be walking for the seventh time; Colette Bodenstaff, on her second walk; and Martin Reed, Ramini Naidoo and Mbali Mtshali on their maiden walks.


uShaka Sea World’s new ultrasound machine a first for Africa

For more than 20 years uShaka Sea World’s animal health team has used ultrasound examinations as a diagnostic tool for large marine mammals, fish and reptiles. However, the arrival of a new, state-of-the-art, portable ultrasound machine, complete with a high-resolution headset, was cause for much celebration.


Sign up for our Marine Ecology Course

  • 20 April 2017 | SAAMBR | Category: Education

uShaka Sea World’s Education Centre will be hosting the first of two annual Marine Ecology Courses, starting in May this year.


Living Legend Dr Tony de Freitas: a life well lived

  • 13 April 2017 | Ann Kunz

The most recent presentation in the South African Association for Marine Biological Research’s (SAAMBR) Living Legends series was done by Dr Tony de Freitas. Tony was the executive director of SAAMBR from 1990 to 2004 and currently serves as president of the association.


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Meet our dolphins

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Mazda Wildlife Fund supports ORI Coral Reef Research

The Mazda Wildlife Fund has supported the Oceanographic Research Institute’s…

uShaka Sea World is celebrating African Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday 8th October 2011

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Why care about the oceans?

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Eco House opens in February

The Eco House in the aquarium will show you how…