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Members only: Girls’ Night Out – an evening of fun and pampering

Members only: Girls’ Night Out – an evening of fun and pampering By Two Oceans Aquarium / 15 August 2011

In celebration of Women’s Month in August, the Aquarium is hosting a fun and relaxing evening for the women of our Solemate membership programme on Friday 26 August. So, ladies – take the evening off, gather the girlfriends and get together for this very special event.

Dark shark, shyshark: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group

Dark shark, shyshark: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group By Two Oceans Aquarium / 14 August 2011

Unlike its larger, more predatory and popular cousin, the ragged-tooth shark in the I&J Predator Exhibit, the dark shyshark Haploblepharus pictus is more camera shy and prefers to lurk in shallow, sandy areas.

The exception, of course, being the Oceans of Contrast: Atlantic Ocean Gallery, which this dark shyshark calls home.

Psychedelic delicacy: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group

Psychedelic delicacy: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group By Two Oceans Aquarium / 13 August 2011

Meet the blue jellyfish or Catostylus mosaicus, which, surprisingly, is technically not a fish. They’re closely related to sea anemones and corals and range in colour from very light blue to dark purple and burgundy.

This image was taken by Chris Godden, a member of the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group.

Pleased to meet you: Tourism and Hospitality Sales Co-ordinator Renar Wheeler

Pleased to meet you: Tourism and Hospitality Sales Co-ordinator Renar Wheeler By Ingrid Sinclair / 12 August 2011

Two Oceans Aquarium Tourism and Hospitality Sales Co-ordinator Renar Wheeler started out at the Aquarium, as so many of our employees do, as a volunteer. She joined the programme in 1998 as a volunteer animal trainer, working predominantly with seals and penguins. Since then, “I’ve worked in every department there is,” she says with a smile.

The loggerhead turtle and the bluestreak cleaner wrasse

The loggerhead turtle and the bluestreak cleaner wrasse By Ingrid Sinclair / 11 August 2011

The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) at the Two Oceans Aquarium came together recently for a “photo shoot” – well, not really, but these photos do show the wrasse hovering around the loggerhead, presumably doing some natural cleaning. According to Aquarium staff, this is rarely seen!