Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day

  • 11 June 2013 | Ann Kunz

uShaka Sea World celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8, with approximately 8 000 guests from the greater Durban area.

With a discounted entrance fee, many families living in KwaZulu-Natal were able to celebrate World Oceans Day at uShaka Marine World. For many, it was their first visit to an aquarium and the experience will not only be shared with family and friends in the weeks to come, but remembered for years.

Staff members turned Turtle Warriors and Pollution Fairies: Leaveil Jacks, Preesha Soogrim and Malini Pather

Specially scripted dolphin shows highlighted the importance of placing litter in bins, picking up other people’s litter, and why we need to return undersized fish to the ocean. Fun quizzes held on the day are always a popular and effective means of getting messages across, and I have no doubt that the World Oceans Day messages were well noted and that marine conservation can now boast 8 000 new conservation ambassadors.
 


Children from Addington Primary School walked along the Durban beachfront in their beautiful anti-litter masks. A mobile litter buggy drew attention to the World Oceans Day campaign against litter, its simple yet powerful message delivered in an interesting and humorous way. Inconspicuously guided by a staff member, the buggy led the parade and weaved its way around people walking along the promenade.
 


The children, encouraged by uShaka Sea World staff dressed up as Pollution Fairies and Turtle Warriors, sang ocean conservation songs adapted from well-known children’s nursery rhymes. The songs were easy to sing along to, and public participation was spontaneous. The children ended their hour-long walk with refreshments at the dolphin stadium, before enjoying a dedicated dolphin show – during which they were encouraged to continue their campaign against litter and become even greater ocean ambassadors.  

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