The Western leopard toad is an endangered species that is endemic to Cape Town. It is referred to as an indicator species – its presence is indicative of a healthy fauna biodiversity as it eats pests. Conversely, its absence suggests unsuitable conditions like pollution.
Because of the increasing quantities of carbon dioxide (CO₂) being pushed into the Earth’s atmosphere, our oceans are slowly becoming more acidic. This newly discovered phenomenon, termed ocean acidification, has been described by experts as the evil twin of global warming and the most important scientific crisis we face today.
This is the orange-footed Hyperolius horstocki, better known as the arum lily frog, a gorgeous specimen that can be seen in the Frogs: Beyond the Pond exhibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Photo courtesy Engeltjie74.
This Acanthurus leucosternon, also known as a blue tang or powder-blue surgeonfish, looks a lot like the regal tang or palette surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus). Can you spot the difference? Image courtesy Fawaaz Nuzeebun.
The catfish, glassy, boxfish, sargasum fish, octopus, blue jelly and scorpionfish are just some of the wildly photogenic and colourful underwater creatures at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. Here are seven striking photographs that’ll hopefully inspire budding photographers to new heights … Or should we say, new depths. All photos by Stefan Hurter.