Species

Rare bird released by uShaka Sea World following rehabilitation

Earth Day is celebrated throughout the world on 22 April. uShaka celebrated a day earlier than the rest of the world, when our vet, Dr Francois Lampen released a rare visitor to South Africa back to the ocean.

A fledgling tropical shearwater was released 15 nautical miles off Durban following a period of rehabilitation and treatment. The shearwater was found on North Beach by local resident Peter Sinclair who took it to ornithologist Dr Allen for identification.

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uShaka Sea World celebrates International Dolphin Day

uShaka Sea World’s legendary dolphin, Gambit and his family inspire and empower people to care for the oceans and the environment. Although he does this every day, on International Dolphin Day he received welcome attention from the media who carried his inspirational message beyond the borders of uShaka Marine World to the wider South African public.

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Saving the African Penguin needs teamwork – SAAMBR’s participation in the African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan

SAAMBR has been a critical role-player in penguin conservation in South Africa for many years. SAAMBR is also the hosting facility for the African penguin studbook, a complex computerised record of all of the birds in zoos and aquariums around South Africa.

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Penguin Promises – changing visitor behaviour one promise at a time

A few years ago we had a dream – a dream that our visitors would really commit to changing their environmental behaviour at home, as a result of their visit to uShaka Sea World. And so the Penguin Promises environmental behaviour campaign was “hatched”.

It was designed to encourage visitors to uShaka Sea World in Durban, South Africa, to take positive post-visit action to help environmental conservation. The campaign was founded on sound principles for effective environmental education and focusses attention on the plight of the African penguin.

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uShaka Sea World staff take up the Penguin Waddle Challenge once again

uShaka Sea World staff members, Leandra Paverd, Presha Soogrim, Colette Bodenstaff, Gabby Harris and Lesley Labuschagne have taken up the Penguin Waddle 2016 challenge from Gansbaai to Simon’s Town, all in honour of the endangered, endemic African penguin.

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Cape anchovies introduced to uShaka Sea World aquarium

  • 21 March 2016 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

During February uShaka staff noticed shoals of Cape anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in the shallows at uShaka Beach which presented a unique opportunity to collect and display these slender shoaling fish.

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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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uShaka Sea World staff celebrate Gimili’s birthday

Cape fur seal Gimli was born at uShaka Sea World’s previous home on the Durban Beachfront on 21 November 1986 and turned 29 on Saturday 21 November 2015. Her parents were Siggi and Benji.

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Selso the seal is spotted on Marion Island

On 4 November 2015 while Marine Research Institute (MRI) researchers John Dickens and Benoit Morkel were conducting a census on the northern Marion Island beaches, they came across Selso the elephant seal resting quietly on the beach.

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Two uShaka Sea World ragged-tooth sharks take up residence in the UK

Two of uShaka Sea World’s juvenile ragged-tooth sharks recently took up residence in their new home at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth in the United Kingdom.

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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…