Species

Many South African fish now on the IUCN Red List

How often have you heard the term endangered or vulnerable, when talking about a species of animal or plant? Have you ever wondered how scientists work out which category a particular species belongs to?

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Second ragged-tooth birth at uShaka Sea World

When uShaka Sea World aquarist Paul Lotter did his customary early-morning rounds on 4 December, he noticed that Notch, one of our largest female ragged-tooth sharks (Carcharias taurus), was not as plump as she’d been the night before.

Notch became famous two years ago when she gave birth to Storm, the first ragged-tooth pup birth ever captured on camera worldwide.

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Working together to save the African penguin

According to the 2010 IUCN Red Data List, the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is heading for extinction. African penguin numbers in the wild have declined by up to 90% over the last 100 years. The 2012 census done in South Africa indicates that we lost over 1 500 pairs in a year, while the latest research indicates that there are fewer than 25 000 breeding pairs of penguins left in the wild. It is these facts that led to the species being declared endangered.

Sea World has housed African penguins since 1980, when the first stranded birds were received. Since then the colony has grown from strength to strength and hundreds of penguins have hatched successfully. In October 2013, after extensive work and many meetings, the African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) was published.

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Protected African rock python in quarantine at uShaka Sea World

Earlier this week an adult female African rock python was brought to the quarantine centre at uShaka Sea World by KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife staff members who removed her from a man-vs-animal conflict situation.

Many South Africans are fearful of pythons, especially large adult ones, and many of these snakes are killed even though they are not poisonous.

African rock pythons are protected in South Africa as their numbers have decreased due to, among other factors, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.

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Celebrating the weird and scary at Halloween

While most of the country celebrates Halloween tonight, at SAAMBR we take October as the month to celebrate some of our scariest and weirdest creatures. Not the big scary ones, but the little creatures that most of us will never see – the creatures that live in the sand and mud off our coast – tiny, but critical indicators of the health of our coastal ecosystems.

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New exhibit raises public awareness about endangered seahorses

Tucked into an alcove around the corner from the Snorkel Lagoon, uShaka Sea World’s new seahorse exhibit – home of a group of Knysna seahorses, yellow seahorses, lined seahorses and pipefish – is attracting great public interest.

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Fisherman's unusual catch makes a valuable contribution to marine science

A Saturday morning fishing expedition for a Durban man ended in a scramble for marine scientists and a valuable contribution to research data.

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Hammerhead sharks moved from canal to Reef Predator exhibit

Four hammerhead sharks have been ferried by hand from the Point Waterfront canal to a special holding tank, before being added to uShaka Sea world’s Reef Predator exhibit.

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Yellow-nosed albatross stops over at uShaka Sea World

Given that healthy seabirds do not rest on beaches or allow humans to handle them, it was doubly unusual for an endangered juvenile Indian yellow-nosed albatross to be doing both on a KwaZulu-Natal beach last week.

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Released seal hauls out on Marion Island after 169 days at sea

Selso the southern elephant seal has arrived safe and sound at Marion Island, 2 200km south of South Africa, after 169 days at sea. He was released off Port Elizabeth after a six-month period of rehabilitation at Durban’s uShaka Sea World aquarium.

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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…