Research

Climate change, corals and concerned scientists

In June 2016 two Oceanographic Research Institute scientists – Dr David Pearton and Dr Sean Porter – attended the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) held at the Waikiki Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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Loggerhead turtle conservation efforts bear fruit

There is much cause for celebration as we enter 2016 with news that the global conservation status of loggerhead turtles has improved from “endangered” to “vulnerable”, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Giant kingfish tagged and returned to the ocean

  • 21 December 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Research

On 15 December 2015, six giant kingfish were returned to the ocean after spending five years in the Open Ocean exhibit at uShaka Sea World. Prior to their release all six were tagged using conventional tags, while four were fitted with acoustic tags.

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SAAMBR hosts a successful first internal symposium

Each year SAAMBR staff have the opportunity to present their work at both international and local conferences. This year SAAMBR hosted an internal symposium, where staff could share their work and collaborate with their colleagues.

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ORI celebrates 30 years of citizen science through its tag-and-release project

Guests arrived from as far afield as Cape Town and Grahamstown, to celebrate 30 years of citizen science through the marine fish tag-and-release project. One intrepid tagger even drove from East London to take part.

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Foreign scientists learn survey techniques at ORI

The Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), based at uShaka Sea World, hosted a group of 30 scientists from countries along the coast of Africa, Mauritius and Bangladesh from 29 June to 17 July 2015.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bony fish

There is a great diversity of bony fish species. Some…

Meet our dolphins

Gambit is believed to be the largest bottlenose dolphin in…

Gambit the dolphin – a living legend at 41

A special birthday is being celebrated today at uShaka Sea…

Sardines

Sardines are small silver fish that are also known as…

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

Penguins are our business. We all need healthy oceans to…

Why care about the oceans?

Not many people realise that carbon emissions are harming the…

Eco House opens in February

The Eco House in the aquarium will show you how…