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We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with Project 90x2030 thus far, and last week the organisation gathered here to reveal our next collaboration – yet another step towards using renewable energy at the Aquarium.
Tag! You’re it!!
Recently, I was introduced to a phenomenal project called the South African National Marine Linefish Tagging Project. This project, run by the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) in Durban, has been tagging fish and collecting data since 1984.
Twenty-nine years down the line (excuse the pun), the project has more than 5 200 members and has tagged in excess of 260 000 fish!
With beach season coming up and people flocking to the coasts to soak up some sun, we think it is a great time to get clued up about how jawsome sharks are. Many people feel fear and apprehension at the mention of sharks, as all you hear about is how they have attacked humans. While one should exercise caution with any shark (like with any wild animal), they are often misunderstood and face a great threat from humans.
Last week, Dr Pat Garratt, Director of the Aquarium, alerted me to the fact that the SAPPI Seal Platform outside the Aquarium was groaning under the weight of juvenile seals.
I headed downstairs to take photos of this phenomenon, which we have not experienced before. And I was not disappointed.
Happy World Responsible Tourism Day! Millions of people travel around the globe each year, exploring and experiencing cultures, traditions and scenery new to them. But people’s perceptions are changing. Leisure travel is no longer just a fun thing to do; it has grown a conscience, and more travellers are trying to do the responsible thing.