Sign up for our Marine Ecology Course

  • 20 April 2017 | SAAMBR | Category: Education

uShaka Sea World’s Education Centre will be hosting the first of two annual Marine Ecology Courses, starting in May this year.

Ideally suited to students contemplating a marine-based career, ecologists, anglers, surfers, divers and other lovers of the ocean, the course is comprehensive and provides a solid overview of marine ecology.

The five modules to be covered are: oceanography, biodiversity, fish identification, classification and marine ecology. The course includes slide presentations, lectures, hands-on learning and identification practice, detailed course notes and an exclusive guided night tour of the aquarium.

Flameback angelfish (Centropyge aurantonotus). (Image: uShaka Sea World)

You’ll learn how to distinguish one fish species from another, and become familiar with common and reef fish families. Find out what the distinguishing features of an invertebrate are and discover what fish get up to under cover of darkness.

The oceanography module takes a closer look at major currents, underwater geology and beach dynamics; the biodiversity module explores marine biodiversity threats facing South Africa; we look at how abiotic and biotic factors impact threatened species – and celebrate some marine success stories.

Each of the five modules will be presented on a Thursday evening, from 6pm to 8.30pm. It runs over five weeks, with the first of two courses scheduled from 4 May 2017 to 1 June 2017. The second course takes place from 10 August to 7 September this year.

Each course costs R805 per person and attendees need to be at least 14 years of age. To book your place, contact Eltina Stenhouse on 083 270 1029 or email

A long-horn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta). (Image: uShaka Sea World)

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