The unexpected benefits of nurdling

Nurdling, the process of painstakingly removing tiny pieces of plastic from beach sand, has taken the East Coast by storm. This action follows the Durban harbour spill of 49 tons of nurdles – small plastic pellets that serve as a raw material in the manufacture of plastic products – during a severe storm in October 2017.


Winners of Outreach Marine Day Competition 2017 announced

Since January 2017, the uShaka Sea World Education Outreach team has been sharing the marine conservation message with 12 schools within the eThekwini municipality and eight in the Ladysmith and Estcourt regions. During October 2017, 16 of these schools participated in the annual uShaka Sea World Outreach Marine Day Competition.


Billions of nurdles still to be collected – do your bit!

Despite a massive response from the public to an appeal by uShaka Sea World to collect plastic nurdles from the beaches up and down the coast from Durban, billions of these lentil-sized plastic “pellets” remain on beaches from Richards Bay in the north to Mbotyi in the Eastern Cape province.


National Marine Week 2017: the role the ocean plays in regulating climate

  • 16 October 2017 | Judy Mann, conservation strategist | Category: Education

Every year South Africa celebrates National Marine Week, a period during which we remind ourselves of all that the ocean does to keep us alive. From the air that we breathe, to food, minerals, transport and recreation, healthy oceans are important in keeping us alive.


International Coastal Cleanup data will help to identify litter sources

International Coastal Cleanup was celebrated around the world on Saturday 16 September 2017. At uShaka Beach, in front of uShaka Sea World, 300 learners, their teachers, SAAMBR staff and volunteers joined Woolworths staff and their families to focus on collecting small pieces of litter and microplastics.


Ten-day voyage of discovery for Sizwekazi Yapi

uShaka Sea World education facilitator Sizwekazi Yapi has just returned from an exciting 10-day voyage of discovery on a unique seagoing vessel.


Education director Jone Porter receives prestigious annual award

uShaka Sea World Education Centre director Jone Porter was presented with the SANCOR Professional Marine and Coastal Communicator of the Year Award 2017 at the 16th Southern African Marine Science Symposium held in early July in Port Elizabeth.


SAAMBR celebrates World Oceans Day with plastics message

  • 17 July 2017 | Ann Kunz | Category: Education

SAAMBR’s World Oceans Day 2017 celebrations on 8 June focused on creating micro plastics awareness. The programme looked at what micro plastics are, how they have become an invisible part of our daily lives and how they adversely affect our health and that of the oceans.


World Turtle Day: turtle hatchling killed by plastic pollution

World Turtle Day celebrates these noble animals and encourages people to take action to help protect them from the perils of plastic.


Five uShaka Sea World staff to tackle 120km Penguin Promises Waddle

Five uShaka Sea World representatives will be among the “waddlers” this year: Gabby Harris, who will be walking for the seventh time; Colette Bodenstaff, on her second walk; and Martin Reed, Ramini Naidoo and Mbali Mtshali on their maiden walks.


Bony fish

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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…


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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…