Fact Sheets

Sea apple

(Pseudocolochirus axilogus)

Brightly coloured sea cucumber with hues of blue, red and violet. This bright colour advertises its toxicity to potential predators. It has a stout, cylindrical body with the oral end turned up and tapering. A ring of feathery tentacles line the feeding area.

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Shad

(Pomatomus saltatrix)

Shad (elf, tailor, bluefish) are one of South Africa’s most popular angling fish and they are pursued by over 300 000 anglers every year. Their streamlined bodies are perfectly shaped for speed through the water and their silvery coloration, light beneath and darker above, helps them to blend in with the ocean.

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Sharks and rays

These amazing creatures are amongst so many other fascinating animals living in the Aquarium at uShaka Sea World where the staff on hand are delighted to lead you on your journey of marine discovery.

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Slinger

(Chrysoblephus puniceus)

Slinger are deep-bodied fish with a steep forehead that belong to the family Sparidae. They are pink in color and have a distinct blue bar under the eye. The tail has orange tinges.

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Smooth-hound shark

(Mustelus mustelus)

It is grey above and paler underside, with a few scattered dark spots on the upper flanks.

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