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This year, the Two Oceans Aquarium will be heading to Hout Bay for International Coastal Clean-up Day. Anyone who wants to do their part and help out – even if it is just for one day – is more than welcome to come along and muck in.
Our rescue of a critically endangered hawksbill turtle from a beach in Yzerfontein, as well as the very first stingray blood transfusion performed at the Aquarium, were the subjects of an interview published on Wednesday by News24.
Koos Otto was fishing at Yzerfontein when he stepped on what he thought was a mossy rock. But the rock moved and a mouth opened, and Otto realised he had stepped on a sea creature – a critically endangered hawksbill turtle – stranded on the beach, and in dire need of medical care.
Here’s a fun way you can participate in important scientific research that will help our understanding of marine life. A website called Zooniverse hosts “citizen science” projects that are interactive and easy to understand. Some of the research being undertaken by scientists around the world produces huge amounts of data, far too much for a small team of people to process.
On Tuesday a Longtable event was hosted by the Shoreline Cafe at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The Aquarium’s Managing Director, Dr Pat Garratt, spoke about the state of the ocean and the role chefs and suppliers play.