Fact Sheets

Cape fur seal

(Arctocephalus pussilis)

South African fur seals, also known as Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pussilis) occur naturally in the colder waters off South Africa.

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Common octopus

(Octopus vulgaris)

The mantle (head section) of the octopus can reach about 25cm long, and arms about 1m long. Some may reach 3 m in total length. The eight tentacles or arms each has two rows of suckers and the lateral arms are the longest.

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Ecosystems

An ecosystem is defined as a system of organisms that interact with one another and their surrounding environment.

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Ember parrotfish

(Scarus rubroviolaceus)

Males are bluish-green in colour with yellow on the mid sides. They have blue bands below the mouth. Females have a reddish head and fins with dark spots on a pale background on most of the body. At a glance, the male of this species can be confused with the blue-barred parrotfish.

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Featured invertebrates

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)

These amazing eight-legged creatures are widely regarded as the most intelligent of all invertebrates. Their lack of a skeleton means that they are able to squeeze their muscular bodies into tiny crevices, which is very useful as this helps them to escape predators and to capture prey.

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