Species

False killer whale calf strands on South Coast

  • 10 September 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

Why and how this calf ended up being separated from her mother is the subject of much speculation as life out in the pelagic ocean, where false killer whales are naturally found, has not been well researched.

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The Sardine Run – more questions than answers

Sardines are short-lived, fast-growing small silver fish that are commonly known as pilchards in South Africa. Growing an average of 0.6mm per day, they can reach 23cm in two years but do not live longer than four years.

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What to do with a stranded marine animal

  • 06 May 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

An adult male sub-Antarctic seal was spotted on the rocks in front of the Umhlanga Lighthouse on Sunday, 3 May 2015, 2 000km from his home range. Although underweight, the seal did not appear injured and could be seen resting in the sun below the Umhlanga lighthouse.

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Londi and Zama to support 5th annual African Penguin Promises Waddle

uShaka Sea World colleagues Londi Shezi and Zama Shandu have taken up the challenge and will be walking 120km along the Western Cape coast to create awareness of the plight of the African penguin.

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Specialised training bolsters uShaka Sea World's efforts to help endangered African penguins

  • 09 April 2015 | Tracy Shaw, uShaka Sea World animal behaviourist | Category: Conservation, Species

African Studbooks training saw staff from uShaka Sea World’s Mammals and Birds, Aquarium and Education departments focus on gaining a better understanding of PAAZA conservation programmes and population sustainability.

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There's a zebra in my shark exhibit!

  • 19 March 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

A leopard may be unable to change its spots, but a zebra can change its stripes – a zebra shark, that is. The two zebra sharks on display in the Reef Predator Exhibit are making history as the first of their species to be housed at uShaka Sea World.

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Selso the seal heads south – part two

After spending three months in recovery at Bayworld Aquarium in Port Elizabeth after once again stranding on a beach, Selso the seal was released on 27 February, 50 nautical miles off the Eastern Cape coastline, from where he will head for Antarctica.

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New jellyfish exhibit mesmerises visitors

  • 20 February 2015 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

Visitors to the Aquarium heading towards the Open Ocean gallery are in for a wonderful surprise as the cylindrical exhibit is pulsating with blue jellyfish, also known as rubber jellyfish (Calostylus mosaicus). The species is unmistakable with its bell-shaped body pulsating through the water in a distinctive, staccato-like rhythm. Constantly on the move, these jellyfish range in colour from a light blue to dark purple or burgundy, depending on their food intake. Having both muscle fibres and nerve fibres means they are capable of directional movement either by contracting or extending their bodies. Since they are larger than any of the other jellyfish in the Aquarium, visitors appear content to linger and photograph the “jellies” for ages.

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uShaka Sea World and Two Oceans join forces to save turtles

On Thursday 29 January 2015 a team of uShaka Sea World staff and Renee Leeuwner, of the Two Oceans Aquarium, headed out to sea with 17 young loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on board, ready for release. 

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Thorntail ray pups released by uShaka Sea World

Nine newborn thorntail rays (Dasyatis thetidis) were found swimming in the Open Ocean Exhibit at uShaka Marine World, after being born on 17 and 28 December 2014.

As staff conducted their regular early-morning exhibit inspections, the first batch of ray pups was spotted swimming around near the floor of the exhibit. The babies, born on 17 December, were left in the exhibit while staff waited for a second pregnant female to give birth. She did so 11 days later, bringing the baby total to nine.

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Bony fish

There is a great diversity of bony fish species. Some…

Meet our dolphins

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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

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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…