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uShaka Marine World celebrates its 12th birthday

  • 28 June 2016 | Ann Kunz

Saturday 25 June was not only a perfect Durban winter’s day but it also marked the 12th anniversary of uShaka Marine World’s official opening. In celebration, guests visiting the park were treated to a day full of surprises, musical performances and a chance to win fantastic prizes.

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Latest arrival at uShaka Sea World is a South African first

Arcto, as he has been named by his caregivers, is the first Antarctic fur seal ever to have been recorded on South African shores.

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uShaka Sea World’s Gabrielle Harris is PAAZA Animal Keeper of the Year 2016

Gabby is the epitome of an excellent animal keeper. She is passionate about her animals and has dedicated her life to their care and display. Her passion for animals is equalled by her passion for conservation communication, a goal she works towards daily through presentations at uShaka Sea World.

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Cleaning up our beaches on World Oceans Day

uShaka Marine World staff joined millions around the world in celebrating World Oceans Day on 8 June 2016 by spending time on the beach picking up the many tiny, hard-to-find bits of debris that end up in the sea.

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World Oceans Day 2016: Time is running out for our coral reefs

The ocean regulates climate, feeds millions of people, produces most of the oxygen we breathe, is home to an incredible array of species and provides us with cures for diseases. However, due to many threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, time is running out for marine ecosystems such as coral reefs.

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Five protected brindle bass siblings welcomed

Recent arrivals at uShaka Sea World already have the animal care specialists wrapped around their little fins! Not only are they on the IUCN’s specially protected list, they are also beautiful, playful, inquisitive – and identical!

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Be mindful of the plight of turtles on International Turtle Day

  • 23 May 2016 | Ann Kunz

International Turtle Day is celebrated throughout the world on 23 May each year in a variety of ways to bring attention to the plight of turtles. All of the five species of turtles found in South African waters are on the endangered species list and threatened by human impact.

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Clearing up the beaches after the rains is a thankless job

  • 11 May 2016 | Kathy Drummond, co-ordinator Education Support Services | Category: Conservation

Rain! It brings relief, gives life, freshness, a clean slate. It is rightfully celebrated when it falls gently, but perturbing if too much falls since heavy rains bring consequences. One of these is debris, mainly plastic, washed down rivers and storm-water drains into the ocean and finally on the beaches.

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Proposed new and expanded Marine Protected Area network for South Africa

As part of the Office of the President’s Operation Phakisa initiative, South Africa has committed to expanding its Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to 5% of our Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) by 2017.

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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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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…