7 days ago
SAAMBR welcomes Nala to the uShaka Sea World seal family.
Nala, a beautiful yearling Cape Fur Seal, has joined the uShaka Sea World family. Before her arrival at uShaka Sea World, 18 month old Nala had been in the care of staff at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth since the 27th of September 2018.
She was admitted to Bayworld twice. Her initial admission was after members of the Jeffreys Bay NSRI found her in a weakened and severely dehydrated state and transported her to Bayworld’s Rehabilitation Centre.
Nala responded well to her treatment and specially designed dietary programme, gaining enough strength and weight over her initial 10 weeks convalescence to be declared fit for release. On the 5th of December 2018 she was flipper tagged and released at Black Rock.
Sadly, two days later she was found lying on the beach with severe shark bite wounds. She was readmitted to Bayworld, and once again, nursed back to health. Although she has fully recovered from her ordeal at sea and appears in good health, she has an undeveloped sense of survival and is therefore un-releasable.
uShaka Sea World was the ideal and obvious choice of a permanent home for her. According to SAAMBR lead behaviourist, Hayley Tennant “she is settling into her new home and learning fast which is wonderful as it means we will be able to introduce her to the bigger seals relatively soon. She is absolutely adorable. Just being near her makes our hearts sing and then when she engages with us, well then our hearts simply burst”.
It will be a while before Nala makes a public appearance so we will keep you updated on her progress leading up to her full integration into life in the seal colony. ...
Sardines are a food source for so many marine animals...now orange listed!When we look at how we #ValueOurOceans we need to stay away from seafood on the red list and think twice about seafood on the orange list which have reasons for concern.
You have a choice. Make it green! ...
Carefully harvested spring water saves the day
Earlier this month, the uShaka Sea World Education Outreach Team visited the Marianhill Primary School in Durban to ensure that their newly installed Jojo tank was working as planned.
In 2015 and 2016, uShaka Sea World Education ran a National Lottery funded programme amongst schools in the greater eThekwini area. The schools who chose to participate in the project were tasked with conducting an environmental audit either on the school grounds or in their local community based on water, energy or food production.
Under the guidance of their school principal, Marianhill Primary chose to conduct a school-based water audit on the premises of the school and focussed on exploring the spring water that flowed freely through the schoolyard. Their findings and conclusion showed evidence that with some assistance they could harvest and contain this valuable spring water.
With the help of uShaka Sea World Education and the National Lotteries funding Marianhill Primary received a 4th Jojo tank specifically located so that the spring water could be pumped into the tank.
According to Mr Govender the school Principal, prior to the installation of the tanks, if for one reason or another the municipality needed to shut off the school’s water, the school had to close and send the learners home.
“This project has been a long four-year process, but it has been absolutely worth it and we value our partnership with uShaka Sea World Education and the National Lottery”, said Mr Govender, Principal of the school who added “Now when the municipality is unable to supply us with water we are able to continue with our lessons without any interruption”
Not only has the school benefitted from the installation of the Jojo tanks but they have built a pond on the premises to contain the over-flow, so it does not end up as wasteful runoff.
Marianhill Primary Principal Mr Govender and learners look on as uShaka Sea World Outreach Officer, Mthoko Shoba approves the installation of their 4th Jojo tank. ...
2 weeks ago
What does the ocean mean to you? As we celebrate #worldoceansday2019 we explore what the ocean means to each of us. The ocean is a place where our spirits are lifted, where we enjoy time with our families, where we have happy holidays, where we practice our cultural beliefs, where we do our hobbies and sport, where we experience amazing miracles, where we work and get the seafood we enjoy. It's a place where our emotions can be soothed, it's a place where we can stretch our eyes to a distant horizon and imagine a better future. As as we imagine that future, a better future that we are creating for ourselves and the ocean, we remember that we are all linked to the sea - we even have salt in our veins. What does the ocean mean to YOU? ...