While the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ is a distant memory for most of us, we were recently reminded of the gees and vibe when Ayoba arrived at the Aquarium. Ayoba is a young African penguin who is destined for greatness, not only as a proud ambassador for his species, but also as a partner to Zuki, our other hand-reared African penguin who rose to fame during the soccer festival by showing off her footy skills.
Mareike Muldees, who is on her first visit to South Africa from Holland, is partially sighted: she has just 5% sight in one eye. However, this has not stopped her from doing what she loves – diving! Mareike started diving in 2006 when on a holiday tour with friends in Borneo. Instead of staying in the hotel room waiting for her friends to return from their dive, she decided to join them and learn what she could about diving. She was taught the basics and soon furthered her training in Indonesia.
This morning, Aquarium curatorial staff responded to a call from someone at the Sturrock Dry Dock, who informed them that a large ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was being left high and dry as the dock was emptying out. A team including Two Oceans Aquarium Curator Michael Farquhar, Assistant Curator Claire Taylor, Senior Aquarist Andrea Hindley and Aquarist Kevin Spiby leapt into action and headed off to the dock, which is next to Royal Cape Yacht Club.
Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town has become the first restaurant in Africa that is expected to pursue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. From shortlisted restaurants that were able to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable seafood sourcing, Shoreline Café was the lucky recipient of a prize offered by the MSC, to cover their chain of custody or traceability certification costs.
The holidays are upon us again! Soon the roads will empty and school children nationwide will have nothing to do besides eat ice cream and relax at the pool. Right? Wrong! The Environmental Education Centre at the Two Oceans Aquarium has just the solution for the boredom and inactivity that threatens to follow the breakup day bell.