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Sharks get a bad rap in the media. Ever since Jaws, they have been characterised as bloodthirsty human-hunters, a portrayal that has sadly stuck.
The truth is that shark attacks are incredibly rare. Sharks also do not hunt humans, but occasionally mistake us for actual prey, such as seals. Comparatively, the number of annual road deaths in South Africa is a much more worrying figure than the number of shark encounters.
You may remember a series of television ads that sought to redress attitudes towards sharks – these were created for the M-Sea Programme, on which the Two Oceans Aquarium collaborated.
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While South Africans were celebrating the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ three years ago, staff at the Two Oceans Aquarium had another reason to rejoice – the birth of a little male African penguin, appropriately named Ayoba.
An estimated 50-80% of all life on Earth is found under the ocean surface, and much of that is so tiny that we can’t even see it. And yet, these tiny organisms are linked to everything else in the ocean, and play an important role in maintaining the ocean’s natural biodiversity.
This Knysna seahorse uses its prehensile tail to hold on to a branch in the Oceans of Contrast: Atlantic Ocean Gallery at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Seahorses are poor swimmers, and are often found resting with their tails wound around a stationary object.