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Saving the endangered Western leopard toad: City starts toad-ally necessary education campaign

Saving the endangered Western leopard toad: City starts toad-ally necessary education campaign By Grant Wood / 3 August 2011

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.

Ocean acidification: A looming threat

Ocean acidification: A looming threat By Stuart Dickinson / 2 August 2011

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.

Arum lily frog sitting pretty: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group

Arum lily frog sitting pretty: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group By Two Oceans Aquarium / 31 July 2011

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.

Surgeon is in the house: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group

Surgeon is in the house: From the Two Oceans Aquarium Flickr group By Two Oceans Aquarium / 30 July 2011

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.

Photos: Two Oceans Aquarium’s photogenic underwater friends

Photos: Two Oceans Aquarium’s photogenic underwater friends By Two Oceans Aquarium / 29 July 2011

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.