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Home Schooling parents link up to bring their children on a marine course.
On Friday last week, the uShaka Sea World Education Department hosted one of their first combined groups of home-schooled learners. As the Education programme is restricted to groups of 15 learners or more, this opportunity has traditionally been out of the reach of many home- schooled learners.
“I am excited that we have started seeing home school parents getting together to make up the required numbers and bringing their children on our marine courses.” said Formal Education Manager, Heidi Kilian.
Rather than dividing children by grades, the learners were divided into age -groups. The younger group focused on “ocean connections” whilst the older group learnt about animals living together in ecosystems. It is well known that uShaka Sea World is all about having fun whilst learning and we never disappoint. The learners delighted in dissecting a sardine, building their own ecosystems and investigating who “polluted the water” as well as enjoying a guided tour around the aquarium and a dolphin presentation.
We are looking forward to welcoming more home-schooled learners on our courses in the future.
For more information on the courses, lessons and guidings please visit our website www.saambr.org.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 031 328 8222. ...
Earlier today, the juvenile African Penguin we named Cappachino, spent his first morning out in the gardens. For the past 4 weeks he has been recovering in the indoor hospital facility after being found stranded on a KZN beach. ...
By 1964, the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) scientists were already making a name for themselves in the scientific world with research into turtle breeding, the declining seventy four population, estuaries, rock lobsters and shark tagging projects.
Some of the data collected back then is still used today for comparison purposes. Such long term data series are invaluable and help our scientists to track changes over time.
Our first scientific report was one page long 😆
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Two successful rehabilitation stories
A Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocoray capensis) which was brought to uShaka Sea World after being found in trouble at Tiffany’s Beach on the KZN North Coast was ringed and released over the weekend.
When he arrived at uShaka Sea World on the 31st July, this Cormorant had an injury to both his left wing and leg, possibly as a result of an animal bite. He was stabilised and given antibiotics and thankfully healed extremely fast. The veterinary team were elated to see him flying around the rehabilitation facility so powerfully and so soon after the injury he had suffered. It was obvious he was capable of caring for himself.
Then today, a Cape Gannet (Morus capensis), which was found on a Bluff beach a few weeks ago, was taken out to sea and released. The staff affectionately named him Garth. Before gathering enough speed to take off into the wind, he ran on top of the water for approximately 10 seconds. It was a wonderful moment.
Garth was very thin on admission but thankfully did not present with any external or internal injuries. He was given antibiotics, left to rest and offered plenty of fish which he literally ate “like a Gannet”.
Both these birds are winter visitors to Kwa-Zulu Natal and we are thankful that they will now be able to join their contemporaries making their way back to the Cape when the time comes.
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Between Monday 12th and Thursday 15th August, SAAMBR Marine Educators and Scientists are conducting specialised training sessions for UNISA’s third year Marine Module students. This intense four day course forms an important component of their Nature Conservation Diploma.
The course covers Oceanography, Marine Biodiversity, Sandy and Rocky Shore Ecosystems as well as Estuarine Functioning and Coastal Zone Management.
The course is designed to incorporate both theory and practical sessions. The students will spend time with Senior Scientist, Bronwyn Goble, undertaking dune beach profiling before heading off to the uMlalazi Nature Reserve where they will study the mangrove forest and work on estuarine sampling with Senior Scientist, Fiona MacKay.
They will also spend time on the shores at Umdloti studying the rocky shore ecosystem and assisting with quadrat sampling. The final day of the course will be spent at uShaka Sea World focusing on Fisheries Management.
Although the Nature Conservation Diploma focuses mainly on the terrestrial environment, we trust that this module will inspire a number of students to choose a career in the marine environment.
Unisa KZN ...